Widow Jane Distillery is located in the center of Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood. While Widow Jane does distill in-house, this particular selection was from barrels sourced from MGP. With older MGP barrels seeing increasingly high demand and less availability, we jumped at the chance to select a barrel. Of the barrels offered, the flavor range was relatively tight. Each barrel was really good, offering a classic bourbon flavor profile with the right balance of oak. For this pick, it meant sussing out the slight nuances between barrels.
Ultimately, we found one barrel to have a little more character, a deeper vein of oak, and slightly more intensity of sweetness. While we generally tend to lean towards a higher proof, the lower but still robust 99 Proofpoint actually works really well with this bourbon. Considering its higher age and oak influence, this results in a bourbon that favors elegance over a bombastic explosion of flavor. It’s a more classic aged bourbon experience, and one that should be savored.