Thirteenth Colony Southern Bourbon Whiskey

Thirteenth Colony Southern Bourbon Whiskey is a 4-year-old, 70% corn, 25% rye, and 5% malted barley "small batch" bourbon distilled and aged in Americus, Georgia.  The distillery began its "spirits journey" with the intent of making moonshine as gifts for friends and families.  At some point, a hobby became a commercial venture, and in April 2009 the distillery began selling vodka, gin, rye, corn whiskey, and bourbon.  Distiller Graham Arthur personally signs each bottle of bourbon- we found ours on vacation on Kiawah Island, SC.

Thirteenth Colony Southern Bourbon Whiskey

Thirteenth Colony Distilleries
95 proof
$34 at Kiawah Spirits, Kiawah Island, SC

Color: Light copper, butterscotch.

Nose: Sweet nose with strong banana cream pudding aroma, corn, and vanilla.

Tasting Notes: Spicy first sip with a rye and cinnamon punch.  Despite its 95 proof, it is full bodied and syrupy.  There are oak, tobacco, and dark cherry notes and a sweet Bananas Foster finish.

Overall: B.  Thirteenth Colony Southern Bourbon is surprisingly good.  It drinks much hotter than a 95 proof whiskey, reflecting the high rye mash bill.  The dark cherry, tobacco, and oak flavors melt away into lingering sweet, burnt sugar, banana sweetness.  Not bad for a little operation in Americus, Georgia (where the hell is that)?

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