Whiskey Tree

Josh at StraightBourbon created this fantastic tree back in 2010, and has been keeping it updated since. He’s graciously given me permission to reprint it here for easy reference. Please check out Josh’s great Sipology Blog for tasting notes and thoughts on a number of spirits.


Whiskey Tree, 5.2

Note: These tree is only a breakdown of “macro” distillers

Barton-1792, #3 char, Independent Stave

Barton (75/15/10)- Very Old Barton all proofs +???
1792 (high barley?)- 1792 Ridgemont Reserve, +???
Other Bourbons: Tom Moore BiB, Kentucky Gentleman, Kentucky Tavern, Ten High, Walker’s Delluxe, other “cats & dogs”.The rest, unknown
Rye 37/53/10? (speculation based on label of High West Double Rye!)- Fleischman’s Rye 
Before it was purchased by Sazerac, sold to a lot of NDPs.

Beam, #4 char, Independent Stave
Beam Mashbill (76/13/10)- all JB bourbons, Old Crow, Old Taylor*, Knob Creek, Baker’s, Booker’s
Old Grandad Mashbill (63/27/10)- OGD, Basil Hayden
Rye– JB Rye, Old Overholt, Ri¹, Knob Creek Rye

Brown-Forman, #3 char, Brown-Forman Cooperage
Old Forester (72/18/10)– Old Forester, Woodford Reserve
Early Times (79/11/10)
Jack Daniels (80/8/12)
Rye (see Heaven Hill below)- Current source of Heaven Hill’s Pikeville and Rittenhouse ryes.
Also sells to many NDPs.

Buffalo Trace, #4 char, Independent Stave
#1, higher corn BT White Dog, Benchmark, Buffalo Trace, Old Charter, Eagle Rare, Col. E.H. Taylor, Geo. T. Stagg
#2, lower corn– Ancient Age*, Elmer T. Lee*, Hancock*, Blanton’s*, Rock Hill Farms*, Virginia Gentleman/Bowman Bourbons?
Wheat bourbon: Everything Weller, Van Winkle Special Reserve “Lot B”*, Old Rip Van Winkle*, Pappy Van Winkle 15 y/o*
Rye: Sazerac, Bowman Rye, Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye* (?)

Diageo, char #3, Indpendent Stave
Dickel (80/12/8)George Dickel, Cascade Hollow

Four Roses, #3.5 char, Independent Stave
Has 2 mashbills and 5 yeasts.
All Ten Combinations– Four Roses (yellow label)
OBSK, OBSO, OESK, OESO– Four Roses Small Batch
OBSV– Four Roses Single Barrel
All the combinations are also available as Single Barrel, Barrel Strength retailer bottlings.

Also sells whiskey to Diageo that goes into Bulleit (from the high rye OBS recipes) and I.W. Harper (not available in the U.S.) and produces the overseas version of McKenna. For more information, including mashbills, see Oscar’s chart here.

Heaven Hill, #3 char, Indpendent Stave
Rye Bourbon (75/13/12)- Heaven Hill, J.T.S. Brown, T.W. Samuels, Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, Henry McKenna (U.S.), Parker’s Heritage (except for 2010), etc. Also probably the source of Luxco’s Ezra Brooks line and the current Yellowstone.
Wheat Bourbon– Old Fitzgerald, Parker’s Heritage 2010. Also probably the source of Luxco’s Rebel Yell and Rebel Reserve.
Wheat Whiskey– Bernheim Original
Rye Whiskey (37/51/12, aprox.)**- Future source of Rittenhouse 80 & BiB, Stephen Foster, current source of Pikesville, Rittenhouse 21 & 23 (?)
Corn Whiskey: Mellow Corn, JW Corn, Georgia Moon, Dixie Dew, Platte Valley*
Also sells to many NDPs.

LDI, ??? char, Independent Stave?
Sells bourbon and rye for many brands including Templeton, Redemption et al, High West, W.H. Harrison, Cougar (Australia), Bulleit Rye and KBD. For a breakdown of the of corn, rye and bourbon whiskey mashbills used, see the MGP website: http://www.mgpingredients.com/product-list/

Maker’s Mark, #3 char, Independent Stave
Maker’s Mark (70/16/14)

Wild Turkey, #4 “the heavy char”, Independent Stave
Bourbon (75/13/12)- Wild Turkey, Russell’s Reserve Bourbon
Rye (37/51/12, aprox.)**– Wild Turkey Rye, Russell’s Reserve Rye

Brands on the market with whiskey from closed distilleries:
Medley Rye– Older bottlings of Hirsch, post-PA Michter’s(?), Black Maple Hill rye, others?
Mix of Medley Rye and Cream of Kentucky rye (Bernheim distillery)- Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye. 
Stitzel-Weller bourbon– Pappy Van Winkle (20 & 23 only?), Jefferson’s Reserve 17, 18, Vintage 17 etc

A few American bottlers and/or marketers have been purchasing 100% rye rye from a Canadian distillery or distilleries. It is often presumed these are from Alberta distillers in Calgary, but as of yet there is no firm evidence. So far, these are Whistle Pig, Jefferson’s and Masterson’s Rye. Jefferson’s may be switching to American-made rye.

*Brand(s) not wholly owned by the distiller.
**Based on more current information.

PROBLEMS/QUESTIONS/CONTROVERSIES: Regan & Regan list an approximate mashbill for all the bourbons made at “Ancient Age Distillery” as 80/10/10. That can’t be right, but which mashbill does that represent, #1 or #2?

Also, a mashbill of 75/20/5 is listed for Old Fitz, Weller and Rebel Yell while at Bernheim. What is the current mashbill?

How much Stitzel-Weller is in Pappys 20 & 23, if any? Also how much of what is being marketed as S-W was really made at Bernheim?

How much Medley and Cream of Kentucky Rye does VWFRR contain, and how much Buffalo Trace distillate?

Are the Bowman bourbons really made from mashbill #2?