Hudson Valley Distillers Chancellor's Raw Bourbon, 40%
Price: $30 ● Issue: Spring 2015 ● Reviewer: Geoffrey Kleinman
Aged one day in new American oak, this white dog ekes out the very minimum requirements for bourbon. The nose is heavy barnyard, complete with hay, horse, and manure. Beyond the funk is cornmeal, cashew, and apple blossom. The palate is light and what you'd expect, with yeasty cornbread, sour apple, apple blossom, and black pepper. The funk is still there but not as intense as on the nose. Interesting overall character with aging potential, but for now it's unbaked.