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.
As part of their ongoing ‘Vertical Series’, Pinhook selects 150 bourbon barrels each year from their tranche of whiskey distilled at MGP (75% Corn, 20.5% Rye, 4.5% Malted Barley) to be blended, proofed, and bottled; the end result will reflect the evolution of a whiskey over a 9-year period of time. Pinhook Vertical Series Bourbon War 5 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is the second release in the Bourbon Vertical series, and the first opportunity to see what an extra year of aging has done to the juice. At 5 years in age, Bourbon War has transitioned into darker fruit flavors than its predecessor, with rich caramel undertones and fledgling hints of smoke. 52% ABV
NOSE: butterscotch, cinnamon stick, licorice and vanilla
PALATE: Tropical fruit and rich caramel.
FINISH: Nuts, oak and pepper spice.