Bottle Tasting Notes
MASHBILL: 51% Corn 49% Malted Barley
AGED: 19 Months
PROOFING: Slow reduction 86 proof/ 43% ALC./VOL.
DISTILLATION EQUIPMENT: Kothe 1000L Hybrid Pot/Column Still
DISTILLATION METHOD: Small Batch, Double Distilled; Pot Stripped
MATURATION: New American Oak #3 Char (IND. Stave Company)
WATER SOURCE: Cascade Mountain Watershed
A lean, youthful high-malt bourbon, rich oak and smoky black tea front palate. Mid-palate baking spices and candied citrus peels with a hint of honeyed vanilla pudding, transitioning into a dry malty chocolate finish.
Old Log Cabin Whiskey
While Batch 206 Distillery’s expression of Old Log Cabin Bourbon is approx. 19 to 26 months old, the history of this storied brand of whiskey goes as far back as the year 1840.
“The Old Log Cabin brand is kind of like the Zelig of the Whiskey world, it’s been popping up in the strangest places throughout American history” says Batch 206 Distillery owner, Jeff Steichen, with a chuckle. The initial incarnation occurred in 1840, when an enterprising whiskey maker produced a whiskey he called “Old Cabin” which he sold in a custom cabin shaped bottle. Old Cabin was first seen being passed out in large volumes at many a campaign whistle stop for a gentleman named William Henry Harrison, who later became the 9th President of the United States. Oh, yeah, that enterprising whiskey makers name, E.G. Booz.
The whiskey ended up being made by many distilleries over time and the brand name morphed into “Old Log Cabin”. To this day the Cabin shaped bottles and dozens of knock-offs command some of the highest prices in collectible Americana glass.
But wait there’s more….
Two O.G.’s and a Whiskey Worth Dying For
There was a lot of bad blood between Al Capone’s Gang and Bugs Moran’s Gang. Bugs had been hijacking Capone’s shipments of whiskey and reselling it. Capone decided enough was enough and hatched a scheme to eliminate the problem once and for all. Capone, through an intermediary, got word to Bugs that a shipment of the finest whiskey of the time was sitting in The S.M.C Cartage warehouse and was his for the taking for just $57.00 a case (a lot of dough at the time).
Moran couldn’t resist and planned for a pick-up on Feb 14, 1929. When Moran’s Gang arrived that fateful morning, out of town hit men dressed in police uniforms appeared for what seemed to be a normal shake down. Moran’s gang was not fazed by such an everyday occurrence and calmly lined up while the bribe was paid.
The hit men whipped out Thompson machine guns and brutally gunned down the gang. The infamy of St. Valentine’s Day massacre would live throughout history.
The name of the whiskey that Moran couldn’t resist…Old Log Cabin.
Unable to find a drop anywhere of this historically acclaimed whiskey , Batch 206 Distillery has single handedly resurrected this brand and honored this age-old whiskey with a totally new mash bill makeover. Old Log Cabin is made using 51% percent Washington corn and a whopping 49% Washington malted barley, with no rye or wheat anywhere in sight!