Long Island Bourbon Unveiled!

Long Island Bourbon is unveiled as of 1/18/2013.

home of LiV Vodka, is now producing the first LI Bourbon!

Rough Rider is handcrafted by Long Island Spirits in a proprietary manner incorporating hand selected barrels of aged straight bourbon whisky, using local Long Island wine casks and a very unique 180 proof brandy "cask finishing wash."

The bourbon starts out as a highly refined mash bill, consisting of 60% corn, 35% rye, and 5% malted barley, and is then aged for several years in charred new American white oak barrels. The wine casks that are selected for the second maturation; described by Long Island Spirits owner Richard Stabile as its exclusive method of "Reserve Aged," are chosen from the finest wineries on Long Island and are an exquisite balanced blend of award winning Merlot and Chardonnay barrels. The brandy for the "cask finishing wash" that tempers each wine barrel is also distilled from local Long Island Chardonnay. The small batch straight bourbon mellows while acquiring its distinctive characted to become Rough Rider during this delicate second maturation period.  

Tasting Notes:

Rough Rider has a deep rich amber color with a very slight rose hue; a distinctive vanilla oak and floral nose that delivers an incredibly smooth and well rounded sweetness with complex hints of caramel and spice.  The finish is savory, supple, and encored by a heady heat.


Rough Rider is now available at the Long Island Spirits Tasting Room, and will be hitting shelves in DC, NJ, CT, MA within the next couple of weeks and in NY at the beginning of March. 


Stop by the Long Island Spirits Tasting Room to sample and purchase a bottle of Rough Rider Straight Bourbon Whisky Batch No. 1!

Tasting Room Hours:

Mon-Thurs: 10am-5pm

Fri & Sat: 10am-6pm

Sunday: 11am-6pm


2182 Sound Avenue

Baiting Hollow, NY 11933




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Bruce Cohen March 05, 2013 at 05:11 PM
How does it compare with maker's mark? Honestly
Alicia March 06, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Comparisons are of course subjective, however hands down we certainly prefer Rough Rider. Rough Rider Bourbon Aged Bourbon with a mash tun of 60% Corn, 35% Rye and 5% Barley aged in new charred American oak barrels. Then the magic begins as the Bourbon takes on a new character as it is goes through a second maturation in our Reserve Aging process in casks formerly housing merlot and cabernet from renowned wine estates. These casks are washed with high proof aged brandy before introducing the bourbon. The result is a fine sturdy backbone with a hint of fresh juice, blackberry and currant, along with caramel and burnt sugar. Makers Mark is a similarly aged bourbon made with a mash bill that contains primarily corn, with a minority of wheat and small amount of malted barley. The base mash bill is different so hard to compare directly and Makers also does not go through any secondary casking…
Bruce Cohen March 06, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Alicia, Thanks for the involved answer. I just can't wait to try some. Where will I be able to purchase a bottle, I live in the Lower Hudson Valley, approx. 35 north of Manhattan, and would like to find a store a wee bit closer then the North Shore. Mnay thanks fpr the answer(s)


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