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In November of last year Laws Whiskey House announced the release of their 2022 Origins Series expression, Laws Intention Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Established in 2011, and based in Denver, Colorado, Laws Whiskey House is an award-winning, grain-to-glass distillery whose “there are no shortcuts” philosophy of spirit making applies to each batch of whiskey they produce. According to the brand, the goal of this whiskey is to showcase “some of the oldest and most exceptional whiskeys the distillery has to offer.”
Laws Whiskey House ages their whiskey in 53-gallon charred American White Oak barrels for a minimum of 2 years. They use heirloom grains, sourced from family-owned Colorado farms, which are milled, cooked, fermented, distilled, and aged on-site. Using a copper pot-column still in the production of their whiskey, they practice open air, on-grain fermentation, using grains grown at high altitudes and mountain spring water.
Bottled at 118 proof (59% ABV), Laws Intention Straight Bourbon Whiskey has a mash bill that consists of 60% corn, 20% heirloom wheat, 10% heirloom rye, and 10% heirloom malted barley. The distillery hand selected and combined barrels that range from three to ten years old at cask strength. This expression represents the first vertical marriage of their signature Four Grain Straight Bourbon and is the first release from the Laws Whiskey House annual Origins Series tradition.
In a prepared statement, Al Laws, President and Founder of Laws Whiskey House, said, “Intention is really special to us. It’s symbolic of how we approach our work and how we make whiskey. We are making whiskeys that are intentionally bold, flavorful, and distinct. Intention shows how versatile our four grain mash bill is, especially when explored across a range of barrel ages.” He added, “This is the first time we created a whiskey made from barrels of dramatically different ages,” and that “Most of our whiskeys are made with barrels of the same or similar lot year. With Intention, we had the opportunity to balance flavors in an entirely different way.”
One example of Laws Whiskey House’s highly awarded whiskey is their A.D. Laws ‘Four Grain’ Bottled In Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey, which won Gold in 2022, Double Gold in 2021, and Silver in 2020, all at the New York International Spirits Competition.
Laws Intention Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a limited yield of 1,680 bottles. As of the November 2022 release it was available for purchase for a suggested retail of $129.99 per 750 ml bottle, through the online site, the Laws Whiskey House Tasting Room, and through national distribution in the following key markets: Colorado, California, Texas, Illinois, Georgia, Florida, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
In keeping with the brand’s continued commitment to support their local community, ten percent of the profits from the sales of Laws Intention Straight Bourbon Whiskey were pledged to benefit Colorado-based non-profits that have been selected by Laws Whiskey House staff.
Tasting Notes: Laws Intention Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Vital Stats: 118 proof (59% ABV), mash bill: 60% corn, 20% heirloom wheat, 10% heirloom rye, 10% heirloom malted barley, 750 ml bottle $129.99.
Nose: Peach flavor dominates warm sweet spices along with notes of fresh grains, butterscotch, red rose, and black tea.
Palate: Grainy notes of black tea give way to lush floral and fruit notes rounded out by oaky notes of cinnamon, roasted pecans, and butterscotch.