Hooker’s House Bourbon and Rye Whiskey
Named after General Joseph “Fighting Joe” Hooker, this bourbon and rye were born in Kentucky and finished in Sonoma.
Size: 750ml each
Proof: Bourbon – 100 (50% ABV)
Rye – 94 (47% ABV)
Distiller: Prohibition Spirits
Availability: This product is not available in AK, DE, HI, IN, KY, MD, MA, MN, NV, NH, ND, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT, VT or WV.
Bourbon – A scent of toffee and plum, with hints of rye and cherry. The wine barrels lend fruits to the palate, with the high rye content present throughout. Exceptionally smooth and soft.
Rye – Aroma of earthy spices. Initial flavors of dried fruits and hints of apples fade into notes of bold spices and lead to a big finish.
Born in Kentucky and finished in Sonoma County, Hooker’s House Bourbon and Hooker’s House Rye pay tribute to Joseph “Fighting Joe” Hooker, an infamous Union General during the American Civil War. Although Hooker’s decisions on the battlefield were often questioned, his love of whiskey and women were not.
Made from a mashbill of 56% corn and 46% rye, Hooker’s House Bourbon is aged for seven years in new, charred American oak barrels in Kentucky. After aging, Fred Groth, master distiller at Prohibition Spirits, transfers the bourbon at cask strength into used French pinot noir barrels sourced from the Schug Winery in Sonoma Valley. The pinot noir barrels are hand-selected by Michael Cox, the head winemaker at Schug Winery, based on the flavor profile of the previous year’s vintage. This double-barreling, or finishing process, imparts subtle flavors of dried apricot and cherries to the bourbon, and earned Hooker’s House Bourbon the only Platinum Medal awarded at the 2012 SIP Competition.
Hooker’s House Rye is made from a mashbill of 95% rye and 5% malted barley. After aging in new, charred American oak barrels for just over four years, Groth transfers the rye into used Old Vine Zinfandel barrels sourced from the Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma Valley. These barrels are also hand-selected based on flavor profiles that would best interact with and enhance the bold and spicy characteristics of the rye. The Old Vine Zinfandel barrels impart an earthy spiciness, along with subtle, tart notes of dried fruits and apples that compliment the flavor of the rye.
After the bourbon and rye are finished in their respective wine barrels, they are brought to proof with natural spring water from the Carneros wine appellation’s volcano formation in Sonoma. Groth then fills and labels each bottle by hand.
The bold and daring character of Hooker’s House Bourbon and Hooker’s House Rye are matched only by General Hooker’s indulgent and hedonistic lifestyle. During the war, Hooker kept the morale of his troops high by hosting a group of progressively-minded woman at his army headquarters. The women were affectionately referred to as the Hooker’s Brigade, and eventually, just Hookers.
The spirit and legend of the General live on in Hooker’s House Bourbon and Rye. Indulge yourself and pick up a bottle today!