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.
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:
Fri & Sat: 10am-6pm
2182 Sound Avenue
Baiting Hollow, NY 11933