Watershed Distillery to Produce Limited Release Bourbon Finished in Maple Syrup Barrels
Watershed Distillery, an Ohio-based craft spirits producer, is set to release an ultra-limited edition bourbon, finished in maple syrup barrels. The bourbon is the first release of its kind, combining the sweetness of maple syrup with the depth and complexity of bourbon.
What the Whiskey is All About
This whiskey begins with a mash bill of 70% corn, 25% rye, and 5% malted barley. It spends two years aging in charred, American oak barrels, imbuing it with deep oak, toasted caramel, and baking spice characteristics. Then, it’s finished for six months in barrels that had formerly held pure, Grade A maple syrup, sourced from Prickel Family Farms in Hillsdale, Michigan.
The unique finishing process imparts a sweet, sugary aroma to the bourbon, along with notes of maple, brown sugar, and pie spices. The mouthfeel is rich and full-bodied, with a complexity of sweet and savory flavors, ending with a smooth, warm finish.
The bourbon will be sold exclusively at Watershed’s Ohio distilleries and online shop, in 440 ml bottles and miniatures. The batch size is limited to 210 cases, retailing for $39 (440 ml) and $7 (50 ml).
“We are very excited to be releasing this unique bourbon,” said distiller Greg Lehman. “It is unlike any other whiskey on the market and we can’t wait for our fans to get their hands on it. We think it’s going to be a hit!”
“We are always looking for ways to innovate and push the bounds of the craft spirits industry,” Lehman said. “This bourbon is just the beginning of our journey, and we can’t wait to see where it takes us.