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Bending Branch Winery


Jennifer Cernosek
May 24, 2024 | Jennifer Cernosek

Want to taste Double Platinum?

Just announced! The Bending Branch 1840 Culinaria Private Barrel Bourbon Blend was awarded Double Platinum at the 2024 ASCOT Awards.

Bending Branch 1840 partnered with Culinaria in San Antonio to create this unique blend of straight bourbons. Culinaria is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization committed to promoting San Antonio as a premier food and wine destination. In addition to promoting the food and beverage scene, funds raised through Culinaria go to culinary programs and education in the local community. $10 of each bottle of the Culinaria Private Barrel Bourbon Blend that is sold goes directly to supporting Culinaria’s mission.

To create the blend, Bending Branch 1840 Master Blender Alison Young selected six barrels of bourbon with the same mash bill – 75% corn, 21% rye and 4% malted barley. Three of the barrels that she selected contained bourbon distilled from a sweet mash, and three of the barrels had bourbon distilled from a sour mash. All of the bourbon was distilled within about a week of each other, and the bourbon was five years and 10 months aged.

The Culinaria leadership team thieved bourbon from the barrels and experimented with various blends until they came up with the final blend, which used two of the sour mash bourbon barrels and one of the sweet mash bourbon barrels. After tasting the bourbon blend at various proofs, the team decided cask strength was its best expression.

The tasting notes from the American Spirits Council of Tasters say, “A gorgeous sweet baked blackberry aroma turns to a toasted chestnut and floral palate with a proper pop of alcohol that does not overpower the complexity. Nicely done.”

In addition, our ChickenDuck Eclipse Edition Four Grain Bourbon was awarded Gold in the same competition. The Tasters summed it up nicely, "Butterscotch heaven. Sweet and delicious."

Both bourbons are available to taste and purchase at the Bending Branch Estate tasting room. We can also ship bourbon to 38 states and Washington D.C. --> SHOP HERE <--

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