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Independent family-owned Illinois distillery, Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., has announced the release of its Blaum Bros. Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This is the oldest craft-distilled Illinois bourbon whiskey readily available in decades, aged a minimum of four years in 53-gallon barrels made from oak that has been air dried for 18-24 months. This is the result of two brothers’ goal of producing a “legit and bonafide bourbon whiskey” when they co-founded the distillery in 2013. 

“We could’ve taken shortcuts to bring a product to market sooner, but we’re in this for the long haul. A four-year-old bourbon is pretty old for a craft distillery, but it’s the youngest whiskey you’ll ever see from us moving forward. We’re proud of all the work we’ve done on this product, and even more excited about the future,” says Mike Blaum, co-founder and chief distiller.

Blaum Bros. Straight Bourbon Whiskey (4 YO) is a 100 proof (50% ABV) whiskey made from 72 percent corn, 23 percent rye and five percent malted barley. Grains includenon-GMO corn and rye sourced from a single farm in Illinois.

Nose: Honey, apple, and leather — with a hint of wet oak and hay

Palate: Rich and complex, with caramel, roasted peanut, cinnamon, and dried orange. 

Finish:  Wood spice, with a kiss of nutmeg and rye bread. 

“We’re so excited to release this Illinois Bourbon Whiskey, using Illinois grains and using traditional production techniques. Far from a distillery trying to quickly crank out a product with small barrels, we’re trying to pay homage to the rich distilling history of our great state,” says co-founder, CEO and distiller, Matt Blaum. 

Based in Galena, Illinois, the Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. includes a retail shop and tasting room. Offering several 45-minute tours daily, the Blaums show visitors how the family-owned craft distillery selects grains from the local area and abroad, then handcrafts spirits by controlling the entire process — from the milling of the raw grains, to the mashing, fermentation, and distillation on their custom-made copper stills.


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