45th Parallel Border Bourbon

45th Parallel Distillery in New Richmond WI began in 2007 as the second distillery in Wisconsin. Owner and Distiller Paul Werni began with his award winning 100% corn 45th Parallel Vodka and built a name as a leader in the burgeoning craft distilling industry. Whiskey began flowing into barrels in 2009 and is now the focus with Border Bourbon, New Richmond Rye, and W Wheat whiskeys.

Released in August 2012, Border Bourbon is a four-grain whiskey made of corn, wheat, rye, and malted barley. 45th Parallel distills it from locally sourced grain grown on a single family farm just eight miles from its distillery. The bourbon is aged four years in 53 gallon Ozark white oak barrels made of staves that have been air dried for 12-36 months.

45th Parallel Distillery in New Richmond WI began in 2007 as the second distillery in Wisconsin. Owner and Distiller Paul Werni began producing what would become award winning 100% corn 45th Parallel Vodka and built a name as a leader in the burgeoning craft distilling industry. Whiskey began flowing into barrels in 2009 and now Border Bourbon, New Richmond Rye, and W Wheat whiskeys are the focus of 45th Parallel.

45th Parallel’s logo represents the old lift bridge in Stillwater, MN across the St. Croix river, which connects Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Third Party Reviews and Tasting Notes

  • Bottle: This is an attractive wax, sealed bottle with a painted on label and a embossed leather neck tag. No age statement.

    Color: Dark Amber, the color of a good amber ale.

    Nose: Honeyed Apple that moves to brown sugar sweetness and back again. It really reminded me of Woodford Reserve.

    Taste: A spicy cayenne entry and an oily mouthfeel. A sweet graininess as it moves back through the mouth. Hints of cinnamon red hot on the sides of the tongue.

    Finish: high corn flavor on the finish, followed by more spice

    This is a spicy bourbon. I’m not sure I’ve had one spicier. And like a spicy meal, adding water only increases it. I was fully prepared to not like this. Like I said the small sample had a bit of a funk to it. In hindsight, I chalk it up to the fact that it was hot, I was using a small plastic shot glass and…well, let’s just say the air had just a bit of the farm freshness to it. (If you’ve been around a dairy farm, you’ll know what I mean, if not…lucky you.) But in the end, I like it. 45th Parallel did a good job on it.

    Eric Burke, BourbonGuy.com
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