- Brand: Cedar Ridge
- ABV: 40%
- Batch: 348
Cedar Ridge Iowa Bourbon Whiskey Batch #348 Bottle #1136
My father and stepmother graciously gifted me this bottle as a welcome home gift.
Cedar Ridge is the oldest whiskey disillery in Iowa. They grow their own grains on site and produce this bourbon along with several other "craft" whiskies including a single malt, rye and wheat whiskey. This bourbon has a mashbill made up of "nearly 75% corn" all grown locally and is aged for 3 or 4 years. This bottle has been opened for just a few days and is 3/4 full.
Nose: Sweet, buttery. Very little alcohol coming off the nose at all. Roasted corn. Lots of roasted corn.
Palate: A nice dose of buttery corn. Imagine sucking on the un-popped kernals at the bottom of your bowl of popcorn. Buttery sweet corn. Very light. The sweetness isn't a heavy sweetness like bigger bourbons. This is very light, delicate even. No alcohol burn at all. Extremely smooth.
Finish: The finish isn't that long. It leaves some brown sugar, caramel, and more buttery corn on the tongue.
Overall: This is definately a light, buttery, corn forward whiskey that would be great with dessert or on a hot Sunday afternoon in the South (as it is today in Alabama). If I had 2 words to sum this up, they would be "Liquid Popcorn." Usually this is where I would say "wish I had this at cask strength," but not this. It has a purpose and it fulfils it very well. Thanks to my Dad and Stepmother for obtaining this bottle for me, and keep an eye out for this if you're in Iowa. Good stuff.