Tom's Foolery Bottled In Bond Batch #3 Ohio Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)

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Tom Herbruck is an unassuming gentleman with a solid career and a beautiful family. He's also a man with a secret. In the shed behind his house sit hundreds of barrels of whiskey. In 2011, he purchased the historic Michter's Jug House Pot Stills and began producing what many consider to some of the finest craft whiskey on the market. In early 2016, K&L was lucky enough to connect with Tom & Lianne Herbruck to secure the first batch of his newly minted Bottled in Bond Bourbon. Truly a culmination in the Craft Whiskey revolution, Tom's new BIB is easily the best craft bourbon we've ever tasted at any price point. The big bold pot still bourbon is unlike anything else on the market even from the finest Kentucky distillers. Powerful notes of fresh oak, stone fruits, and dense grain open to a playful palate of caramelized fruit and pointed evergreen. The finish is long and full with cocoa and dark smoked woods. Oily, rich and long. It doesn't have the sweetness of the Kentucky bourbons, but definitely matches the complexity. It feels like a whiskey from a time long forgotten and so it is. Only a tiny amount of this small batch made it way out west and we're the exclusive supplier for CA. Tom's third batch of Bonded Bourbon is a blend of two casks over 4 years old. One is a high corn (75% Yellow Dent, 13% Winter Rye, 12% 6 Row Barley) and the other a very unusual high rye bourbon (51% Yellow Dent, 32% Winter Rye, 8% Malted Winter Rye, and 8% Wheat).

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2016 | Send Email
A weekend in my wife's hometown - celebrating her incredible accomplishments as a designer - turned into one of the most exciting work trips of the year when I realized her grandparents' house was a five minute drive from the well-regarded Tom's Foolery Distillery. The town of Chagrin Falls is a beautiful, quaint little place, which as the name suggests has a massive waterfall running through the middle of town. Just outside the town are some of Ohio's largest and most historic estates along with apple orchards and open space. It was there that we came upon the home of the Herbrucks. Tom and Lianne are the real deal. With out the pomp, ego, or gimmicks that have become ubiquitous in the Craft Whiskey world, these two are generally achieving something great through hard work and dedication. They hit all the important craft notes without making a fuss about it (local grain grown on their own farm, hand distillation, pot stills, years of experience). They have several hundred barrels sitting in their unheated warehouses and while they no longer have the historic Michter's stills that is not stopping them from continuing to make some of the best craft whiskey in the country. This whisky does of course come from those special stills. Expect big bold flavors of dark wood, stewed stone fruits, minty spice and earthy grain. The nose reminds me of some of the great young old whiskies I've had (those post-Prohibition gems). Ultimately, it's a flavor profile that's almost non-existent in KY today. Dryer than most modern bourbon, likely due to the lack of patent warehousing, it remains very balanced with a lovely palate filling texture - leaving you with a unique forest floor and dark cocoa finish. There isn't a hot or harsh note anywhere in the mix and the whole thing is as seamless and integrated as can be. We're all very lucky to have a crack at this special juice.

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2016 | Send Email
This pot-still distilled Ohio bourbon is insanely delicious. Sweet maple balanced by spicy nutmeg and allspice lead to a backbone of earthy, clay pot-still flavor. A must-have, absolutely unique bourbon for the collection.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2016 | Send Email
Truly exceptional product. I was really impressed with the preciseness of the aromatics, so focused but layered. On the palate, the supple density is highlighted with spice and toast, but it’s never over the top. The finish is long and smooth, yet it is the density, saturated with flavors, with so much richness yet so light on the palate, that's truly exceptional.

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/10/2016 | Send Email
Real bourbon from a some guys backyard shed in Ohio? I've heard those stories before. But now I've tasted the reality of Tom's Foolery. This is not some rapidly-rushed brown water attempt to exploit the current bourbon fever. This is something entirely legit. A rich, spicy, full-flavored, old school American whiskey that brings credit to the word "craft." This four year old wonder gives me new hope for the market. Knowing that someone out there can make something this good for the price has me excited for more!

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/10/2016 | Send Email
A great addition to the craft bourbon selection. There are inviting caramel and vanilla aromas. Lush, complex flavors follow that are round and juicy, with vanilla and caramel and a hint of spice.

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