Excelsior Bourbon is the first 100% New York Bourbon: Made in New York from Hudson Valley grains, and aged in barrels made in NY from New York-harvested American white oak. It is likely the first whisky of any kind aged in New York oak since prohibition, and probably long before that era. We named it for the state motto Excelsior meaning Ever Upward.
We worked with the team at US Barrel to develop the first tight barrel cooperage in the Northeast US in generations. Up to 75 percent of the flavors of an aged whisky comes from the oak in which it is aged, so our barrels, once filled with our bourbon made from 100 percent Hudson Valley corn, rye and barley, produce a whisky expressing an unequivocal taste of New York terroir. As with all Coppersea whiskies, we ferment the mash in open wooden tanks and distill twice in simple, direct-fired copper pot stills.
Excelsior Bourbon has notes of polenta, bread toast and a good amount of black pepper from the high rye content, mingling with robust notes of vanilla, almonds and cedar from the oak.
Mash bill: 60% corn, 30% rye, 10% malted barley
Aged at least 1 year in American white oak 100% New York barrels
Bottled at 96 proof