Pinhooking is a term used to describe the practice of buying young, thoroughbred horses, overseeing their initial development, and then re-selling them as race-ready champions-in-training. The Pinhook brand pays tribute to this practice and the parallels between investing in a horse’s potential and that of a young whiskey. Optimism, patience, and vision are paramount when training a young horse for future victory and aging whiskey until its ready to blossom in-glass.
Every year, Pinhook releases a new batch each of bourbon & rye; the whiskey in any given release intended to be the best expression of Pinhook’s barrels at that particular moment in time. Blends and proofs change batch to batch to best highlight that release’s unique attributes and can be thought of, quite appropriately, as a whiskey vintage.
The newly restored Castle & Key Distillery, in Frankfort, KY, plays home to Pinhook’s operations. Built in the late 1800’s, Castle & Key was the original residence for Old Colonel Taylor. Recently, Pinhook has begun releasing whiskey crafted and distilled by Castle & Key—amongst the first distillates made since the distillery’s restoration—and featuring Pinhook’s carefully selected proprietary mash bills for bourbon and rye.
This highly anticipated release from Pinhook marks the first straight bourbon to come from the former Old Taylor Distillery (now known as Castle & Key) since it was abandoned in 1972. Using all non-GMO and locally sourced grains, and Pinhook’s proprietary mashbill of 75% Corn, 15% Rye, and 10% Malted Barley, Pinhook Bohemian Bourbon Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is distinct from Pinhook’s previous flagship releases. Aromas of orange peel, candied pecans, clove, and wet stone transition to a lively palate of tropical fruit and rich caramel, leading to a lingering finish of almond and cinnamon. 47.5% ABV
NOSE: Orange peel, candied pecans, clove, and wet stone.
PALATE: Tropical fruit and rich caramel.
FINISH: Nuts, oak and pepper spice.