35 Maple Street is a company based out of Sonoma, California that produces the Masterson’s line of Rye, Wheat, and Barley Canadian whiskeys. Bib & Tucker is the company’s first step into the bourbon business, and it’s a very interesting one.
In an interview with WhiskyCast’s Mark Gillespie, 35 Maple Street’s COO Richard Zeller stated the juice being purchased for this bourbon was an 8-year-old whiskey from Tennessee. Upon its release, however, the bottle states a 6-year age statement and doesn’t mention any state (more from that write up here). If this is Tennessee whiskey that is between 6 and 8 years old, then most likely it came from Jack Daniels, Prichard’s, or the George Dickel distillery. If the 70% corn mash bill cited on Caskers is correct, then given the 80%+ mash bills that Jack Daniels and George Dickel sport, then my best guess is Prichards…but again, thats just a guess, and probably an uneducated one at that.
The other interesting thing about this bourbon is that it is aged in a #1 char barrel, the lightest of the traditional char levels. This makes for a surprisingly light but complex profile that is pretty unique in today’s market. Ok, I’m skipping ahead, onto the tasting.
Company: 35 Maple Street
Distillery: NDP (Undisclosed Tennessee distillery)
Location: Sonoma, California (bottled in Crestwood, KY)
Mashbill: 70% corn/26% rye/4% malted barley
Age: 6 years
ABV: 46% (92 proof)
Color: Light amber
Nose: If you’ve ever finished mowing your yard and thought “man, I wish I had a bourbon that smelled like this moment”, then this is for you. The aroma of cut grass is front and center on this one, with quite a bit of corn behind it and maybe some green apple floating around in there too.
Taste: This is where that #1 char is obvious. Given the 6-8 years in the barrel, there is a small amount of the classic oak and vanilla notes here and in their place is sweet corn, rye spice, and a real earthy quality that I can’t quite nail down. If you’ve ever had the Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish release, think of what that toasted barrel did to the bourbon, then subtract the traditional aging from the equation and boom, Bib & Tucker.
Finish: So, at my favorite Indian restaurant in OKC they have a bowl of stuff by the door that you are supposed to eat on your way out (or in, who really knows) and per some sweet research that just happened by a buddy of mine, it looks like it’s made mostly of fennel and anise seeds. That information is important to know because that’s what the finish on this whiskey tastes like. I don’t really like that stuff in the bowl, and I don’t love that flavor at the end of my bourbon either.
Overall: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is an interesting bourbon. While it’s not my favorite bourbon on my shelf, it’s one I go to when I want something different, and for that I quite enjoy it. At near $50 it may be a tad pricey, but holy crap look at that bottle! I’m not being sarcastic, I think the bottle is awesome and I don’t care who knows it.