The owner of the Cedar Ridge Vineyards Winery and Distillery in Swisher says the first bourbon whiskey made from Iowa corn and distilled in the state since Prohibition will make its debut July 1.
Cedar Ridge president and owner Jeff Quint says Iowa Bourbon Whiskey will be the latest product created by a Bavarian pot still at the distillery. It already produces vodka, gin, dark rum, apple brandy and Italian-style grappa.
By law, Bourbon has to have at least 51 percent corn content. Quint says Iowa Bourbon Whiskey is 70 percent to 75 percent corn. The remainder is rye and barley malt.
Quint says he started storing the Bourbon in charred oak barrels in 2008, and plans to reuse the barrels to produce a Scotch-style single-malt whisky - possibly some time next year.
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