A recent meeting of the whiskey minds resulted in a really interesting product. Corsair joined three Midwestern distillers to create a whiskey that they called "Four Kings." (No need for false modesty.) The other distilleries are Few Spirits in Evanston, Ill.; Journeyman Distillery out of Three Oaks, Mich.; and Mississippi River Distilling Co. in Le Claire, Iowa.
Each distillery created their own recipe for a special whiskey and aged them at their distilleries. After the whiskeys had reached at least adolescent maturity, the four batches were combined and aged together for six months. The blending allowed nuances from each batch to play off of each other, and it's fascinating to try to pick how who contributed what. A limited bottling of Four Kings occurred after the half year in oak, and it was sold exclusively through a Chicago-area distributor.
I was lucky enough to sample a little bit of the 80 proof hooch out of what turned out to be bottle No. 1 out of 720. (Oops, they weren't supposed to open that one. My bad.) Four Kings looks like golden honey in the glass with a slightly coppery tint. In fact, the still relatively young spirit also has a bit of metallic coppery character on the first taste, but the finish is long and complex. Like a whiskey Gobstopper, the flavor moved from bready to sweet to vanilla after the initial burn wears off.
Even though Four Kings won't be commercially available in the Nashville market, talks are happening to perhaps make another run of it. Plus Corsair is constantly participating in experiments like this one, so make sure to drop in to their tasting room every now and then to see if there's anything new behind the bar.
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