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Our Process

Award-winning & Aged to Perfection

Our small batch bourbon is artfully crafted; its unique flavor is a culmination of our distilling and aging process. The ingredients, the climate where it is aged, the barrels chosen, and the amount of time it spends aging; each step results in exceptionally smooth yet complex bourbon.
Bourbon vs Whiskey

All bourbons are whiskeys, but not all whiskeys are bourbons

Bourbon making can be traced back to the late 18th century, standing as a uniquely American spirit known for quality and craftsmanship the world over. Because of specific and high standards, bourbon tastes different than other whiskies such as Scotch, Irish, or Canadian whiskey. It must be made in America and predominantly from corn. In addition, bourbon can never be aged in used barrels. New oak barrels age bourbon slowly over time so it garners a deep amber color and rich flavors as it matures. No artificial color or additives are ever added. These high standards make bourbon unique among all other styles of whiskey.

The Tennessee Difference

Aged by Mother Nature

We age our bourbon for a minimum of 6 years in the rolling hills of Tennessee – truly aged by mother nature in Tennessee along rivers. The heat, shifts in humidity and the cold winters put the barrels to the test. The barrels shrink and expand with each change in weather throughout the years, creating more contact with the wood. Over the right time, it develops into the signature flavor of our bourbon: bold, yet refined.

The Lincoln County Process

The Lincoln County Process

We do things a little differently in Tennessee. Bourbon is filtered through maple sugar charcoal before filling the barrel where it will age. This, combined with the precise amount of time spent in the barrel, develops our exceptionally smooth yet complex bourbon.

The Mash Bill

Corn, Rye & Barley

Bib & Tucker is made from a signature blend of corn, rye, and barley. Corn adds unique caramel and vanilla to the flavor while rye adds spice and boldness. Barley rounds out the unique flavor profile by adding refinement and smoothness. Today each barrel of bourbon we lay down for aging is sourced from corn within 90 miles of our distillery.

The Barrels: New American White Oak

We Pay Attention to the Wood Used in the Construction of Our Barrels

Not just any wood will do; that’s why we carefully select New American White Oak for our barrels. Additionally, by ensuring the wood is thoroughly, properly dried, we’re able to enhance the natural properties of the wood – reducing the levels of tannin imparted to the whiskey and creating a better flavor profile.

Toasting & Charring

Fire Infused

Toasting and charring a barrel gives a bourbon its depth, helping it to develop its smooth, refined flavor. Toasting a barrel slowly brings out the wood’s natural sugar, which then caramelizes and concentrates in the barrel adding rich color and flavor to the whiskey as it ages.

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Aged to Perfection

A minimum of 6 years

Award winning bourbon takes time to mature, mellow and build character. Crafting an elegant, refined spirit takes the right amount of time in the barrel. Too short and the liquid becomes too aggressive. Too long and the tannins from the new oak can dominate the flavor profile; losing the complexity that bourbon is known for. A large majority of bourbons are aged for 2-4 years and don’t have the benefit of maturing to a level of complexity and smoothness the way we believe a fine bourbon should be enjoyed. Each of our expressions (6, 10 & 12 years old) highlights an age in barrel where we felt we could craft an ideal bourbon. Each captures that original bold whiskey spirit yet is refined enough to make an exceptionally smooth bourbon. This is also why we always put the age statement on the front of each bottle so you can rest assured that it has been aged to perfection.