The Bottom Line
- Smooth, sippable bourbon that stands up to the best of Kentucky.
- Great for Manhattans and other fine whiskey cocktails.
- It is a small distillery and produces small batches, making the bourbon hard to find.
- Iowa bourbon whiskey distilled from a mix of corn, rye, and barley.
- Distilled by Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery, LLC in Swisher, Iowa
- 40% alc/volume (80 proof)
Guide Review - Cedar Ridge Iowa Bourbon Whiskey
The first of July, 2010 Cedar Ridge released the first 250 cases of the Iowa Bourbon. That was a Thursday and by Friday every case was sold to retailers throughout the state. Twenty days later it is very hard to find a bottle on any of those shelves. Cedar Ridge projects to release that much bourbon each month, though for the moment it will only be available in the state.
Cedar Ridge Iowa Bourbon is a mix of around 70% corn with rye and barley making up the rest. It is aged in new, charred American white oak barrels until it is ready for the bottle, which is running around a year and a half. When the bourbon is done, the barrels are rotated to age the distillery's dark rum and a special project of Quint's that should be just as interesting as this bourbon.
The taste of the Iowa bourbon is ultra-smooth and the balance of grains can keep up with almost any Kentucky bourbon. This is a whiskey you want to sip straight or with a dash of water, which releases some wonderful floral notes. It is also a bourbon that is smooth and flavorful enough to take on any whiskey cocktail you could think of.
As Quint has said, "Iowa is a natural place to distill corn-based spirit." It's true and this perfect match has no better feel than when you gaze out on a hot summer day at the surrounding cornfields and sip this wonderful bourbon. It is a joy and a pleasure in a bottle and a fine testament to the distiller's craft.