Released in October, 2015, this young bourbon by Milwaukee-based Central Standard Craft Distilling is pot distilled using a corn, rye, and barley mash and is aged less than two years in new charred oak barrels.
The distiller’s Central Standard namesake is its timezone, which also represents “a commitment to hard work and doing things right,” according to owners Pat McQuillan and Evan Hughes.
Third Party Reviews and Tasting Notes
Taking in the aroma of Central Standard’s Bourbon, one is hit with a blast of young whiskey. The grain comes through strongly on the palate, particularly the spiciness of the rye. It’s precise is age is unknown — it’s less than two years — and although the short time in oak provides some necessary vanilla sweetness, it’s not yet enough to tame this whiskey.
Aged in smaller barrels, with specially contoured interiors that increase the surface area contacting the whiskey, its flavoring process is somewhat accelerated. And even though this 90-proof “baby bourbon” brings the heated temperament you’d expect from such youth, it’s not overpowering. This lets its sweet nature come through, with strong notes of caramel and honey.