Amador Whiskey Co. Double Barrel marries the best of Kentucky Bourbon with Napa Valley wine barrel finishing. Its journey began in the heart of Bourbon country, where we selected exceptional Kentucky Bourbon that came to life in new charred American oak barrels.
We transported this treasure westward along the 38th parallel to California, where we finished the Bourbon with our family’s Napa Valley wine barrels. This double-barrel aging technique creates characteristics from the individual barrels that are then blended together to make exceptional Bourbon, far greater than the sum of its parts.
You’ll discover complex flavors of vanilla, oak, brown sugar and spice. Enjoy this unique Bourbon with Kentucky pedigree and California flair.
Amador 10-Barrel 2nd release was crafted by the Charbay® Distillery Master Distillers Miles and Marko Karakasevic. A blend of 60% straight malt whiskey and 40% hop-flavored whiskey distilled from a craft IPA beer, the components were aged separately for over 2 years in French oak wine barrels and then “married” in our family Chardonnay barrels for another 2 years before being bottled.
Tasting it neat, the initial impression is caramel, cloves and vanilla. It has a rich palate, with a finish that lasts for about 10 minutes.
The beer flavors stand out with a bit of dilution, experiencing it with a cube of ice during the heat of summer. The hop spice is enhanced, along with all the 2-row barley flavors. Again, a long-lasting body with an extremely smooth finish.
This 96-proof whiskey definitely holds up to a splash of water or cube of ice, and will make exquisite whiskey-based cocktails. It’s currently drinking well and will handle many years in the bottle. As the flavors develop and deepen over time, we recommend enjoying some now and tucking a case away for special occasions 20-30 years from now.