By Father John Rayls
“The release of our Redemption Wheated Bourbon represents the first in a series of limited production expressions that we will bring to market over the next few years,” said Tom Steffanci, President of Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, in a prepared statement. “The wheat and corn in the Wheated Bourbon combine to create a complex, unique and delicious whiskey.” This isn’t our first rodeo and we’ve all seen and experienced many wheated bourbons. However, this is a first in terms of the unique mashbill with 51% corn, 45% winter wheat and 4% malted barley. It’s much more common to have a 20% – 30% wheat content; although, we’ve experienced some 100% wheat whiskeys. A higher wheat content tends to soften and sweeten the whiskey. The Redemption Wheated Bourbon is aged 4 years in new American Oak and is bottled at 96 proof. It is a limited release. For more information, please check our post found at:
This is sourced whiskey from MGP in Lawrenceburg, Indiana founded in 1847. However, it’s barreled and aged in Kentucky. Redemption was acquired by W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd., founded in 1981 to market wines from around the world. (It’s enough to know their portfolio includes Yellow Tail!) In 2009, they expanded into Spirits and purchased Redemption in 2015. Today the company is renowned for its brand-building prowess and its ability to meet the needs of the modern consumer. Bill’s son Peter Deutsch is CEO. Known for their rye and high rye bourbons, this wheated bourbon is a new venture.
The color is dark gold/copper with orange brass highlights. The legs are apparent, but very thin. The nose is light cereal grain, oak, sage, some alcohol with no burn and complimentary vanilla. The aromas invite you to engage the experience.
On the palate, there is a very light mouthfeel with much tongue activation. Most of the mouth action is mid-mouth to the tip of the tongue and it’s slightly hot. It’s slightly sweet with cereal, oak, caramel and vanilla over some white pepper. But then…get ready for a big finish. It’s long and it’s big and it’s hot. The experience jumps to the roof of the mouth without abandoning the tongue action. It’s all white pepper all the time, but it is enjoyable. This bourbon takes it right to the limit without going over the line. This is a sweet, softer bourbon on the palate with a kick-ass finish. As the company states, there is also a hint of smoked, spicey meats in this finish.
You might find an eerie similarity between bottles of Redemption and bottles of Bulleit Whiskey products. Apparently, Diageo believed this to be true after a revamp by Redemption. Of course, the courts will eventually help everyone sort this out. However, you won’t confuse the flavor profile. Redemption Wheated Bourbon is an interesting experience and is worthy of both your time and money. I would definitely keep it on the shelf for cocktails. The suggested retail is under $47.00, but it can be found for under $40.00.