Sometimes, good things are worth the wait. However, it can be said that great things, too, are also worth waiting for. This is exactly the case for Pinhook Bourbon’s latest debut and its most limited-edition release in the brand portfolio. Introducing Vertical Series Bourbon 8-Year, blended and proofed to be different from any other sipper in the Pinhook collection.
The Vertical Series 8-Year Bourbon is blended from 120 of the most high-quality barrels. Expect aromas of orange curacao, oloroso sherry, clove and brown sugar when nosing the sipper, however, it expresses notes of cherry, plum, cinnamon and burnt sugar. Truly a one-of-a-kind experience on both the nose and the palate. In comparison, the Vertical Series 7-Year Bourbon carried aromas of dried fruit and fresh baked raisin bread, while hosting palatial flavors of dried fig, burnt sugar cookie and molasses, showcasing how much more robust this aged bourbon has become in only a single year.
The Vertical Series is a unique opportunity to follow a group of 1,350 MGP barrels as they age from four to 12 years and experience the arc of flavors throughout the nine-year journey. Every year, Pinhook selects a group of bourbon barrels from the lot and blends and proofs them to create the most balanced expression of the whiskey at that age. The Vertical Series began with the inaugural 4-Year release in 2019, and the journey will continue through annual releases up to age 12.
Staying true to its racehorse roots, Pinhook showcases a thoroughbred on each bottle. The Vertical Series Bourbon bottles all feature Bourbon War, who raced and won at Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, Gulfstream Park, Keeneland, Pimlico Race Course, and Saratoga.
The Vertical Series casks are aged and blended at Castle & Key, the former Old Taylor Distillery, in Frankfort, Kentucky, with which the brand has held a distilling partnership since 2017. Pinhook’s 8-Year Vertical Series carries a retail price of $89.99. It is available through Breeze, Pinhook’s text-to-buy platform as well as select retailers nationwide. For more information on this release, or any other Pinhook products, check out PinhookBourbon.com.