One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to learn about the pleasures of bourbon and while I’ve been pretty good with my other resolutions (walking daily, cleaning out both email and snail mail piles on a regular basis), I haven’t quite gotten into my spirits education.
But all that changes now with the release of the only locally crafted bourbon, created by the team at Three Wells Distilling Company, called Hard Way Bourbon. The name is a testament to distiller and co-founder Matt Montgomery’s family, who through hard work and a lot of pluck succeeded in living a good and productive life. You’ll notice an anvil on the label, a family heirloom since before the Civil War.
Following the success of their other lines, Three Wells is doing their bourbon in high style. The 94- proof proprietary blend of corn, wheat and malted barley is oak-aged. The result, Montgomery says is “strong caramel on the nose, soft butter with mild oak on the front and a slight spice at the back.”
The cost is $50 a bottle and can be purchased at the distillery at 3780 E. 44th St. Several bars and liquor stores, including Batch Café & Bar, Highwire Lounge, HUB Restaurant and Creamery, Playground Bar & Lounge, Plaza Liquors, Roy’s Corner Market and RumRunner.
Hard Way Bourbon joins the list of Three Wells Distillery craft spirits: The Sonora Silver, Gold and Copper Spirits derived from prickly pear cactus; the Tequila-styled, Agave and Reposado; Three Wells Vodka; the original Mt. Lemmon Gin and the more traditional Old Tom Gin.
PS – Three Wells also just released the 2016 Prickly Pear Sonora Gold that was aged for 16 months in oak barrels. The taste captures the sun and warmth of the desert and has a kick at 115-proof.
I’ll let you know what I learn.