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Mad River unveils Burnt Rock Bourbon

Mad River Distillers has announced that it will release its Burnt Rock Bourbon in limited quantities on Tuesday, September 19 at select Vermont and Massachusetts retailers and bars.

Mimi Buttenheim, president at Mad River Distillers says: “We were looking for a different bourbon experience, something spicier with a bit of smoke to it. The maple wood smoke allowed us to showcase our Vermont roots.”

Different from the distillery’s flagship four-grain, wheated bourbon (corn, wheat, oats, and barley), Burnt Rock Bourbon is a 12- to 18-month old corn, rye, and maple wood-smoked barley named after a popular hiking trail up Burnt Rock Mountain in Mad River Valley, Vermont.

Alex Hilton, Mad River Distillers general manager and distiller says: “We hand-built our smoker from a used steel drum and smoke the malted barley over maple wood from our property at Cold Spring Farm. The corn we used was grown organically in Vermont, and the rye adds a nice spice element to complement the smoke. As they say, ‘smoke it if you got it’."

13 September 2017 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, news editor