New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon

New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon is an 80 proof whiskey, sourced from MGPI and further aged in New Holland's "Dragon's Milk" stout barrels for 3 months.   [Dragon's Milk ages in used bourbon barrels]!  It has been on the market since 2012, but is only widely available in the midwest.  I finally got to taste it while visiting Chicago for work.

The Michigan based craft brewery purchases 3-5 year old, 110-115 proof whiskey from MGPI, they dump it into their own Dragon's Milk stout barrels for 90 days, chill-filter and cut it to 80 proof, and then they bottle it.

There are plenty of beers aged in used bourbon casks and bourbons aged in wine casks, but there are not many bourbons aged in used beer casks.  Great concept, but this is not my favorite whiskey...

New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon

New Holland Brewing/MGPI
80 proof
$37 at Binny's Beverage Depot in Chicago, IL

Color: Rather orange.

Nose:  The nose is a combination of corn chips, grains, and vanilla.  There is a touch of oak- but the predominant aromas are sweet.  

Tasting notes:  The sip is super gentle- it takes a while to "arrive."  As it develops, its sweetness comes through in a big way.  Fruity notes compete with honey and caramel for dominance, all the while a malty flavor sloshes around and slides into the stomach.  There is an oak presence that lasts from first whiff through the finish.

Overall: C.  I wish this thing was stronger than 80 proof!  The concept is intriguing and the flavors are OK, but the entire experience is flat, malty and a bit too sweet.  I think it would benefit from less dilution.  I can't highly recommend it.

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