Our first releases are cask strength releases of bourbon that was produced in Indiana by MGP. We call them Eleanor. They were distilled at different times, but they all have a mash bill of 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4% malted barley and barreled at 120 proof. We use them to create experiments in alternate finishing, blending barrels, and bottling at various proofs.

Simultaneously, we are working on distilling our own products to either bottle separately or use as ingredients in overall blends. 

We also do independent bottling of other distilleries and single casks and blends. 

Eleanor

Our MGP cask strength releases take the name "Eleanor". We asked The Whiskey Preacher, Gordon Atkinson, to tell her story in 12 chapters of under 100 words each.

Read the first 12 chapters.

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Eleanor and Valentine - Chapter 1
1856
Valentine Weiss said he fell in love with Eleanor the day she beat all the boys at school in a race. They sulked but she didn’t care and flounced away with her chin held high. She didn’t notice him standing alone, watching her and smiling.

The next day an apple appeared on her desk with a tiny wreath of braided grass hanging from its stem. Eleanor whirled around and looked at the boys, one by one. When her gaze fell on Valentine, his head was down and he was writing on his slate.

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Eleanor 1856

The first bottling of Eleanor Bourbon. The first chapter of the story of Eleanor and Valentine Weiss dated 1856.

Details:
750ml
57.4% ABV
114.8 Proof
Single Cask
Distiller - MGP, Indiana
Mash Bill - 75% Corn, 21% Rye, 4% Barley
Entry Proof - 120
Cooperage - Kelvin Cooperage
Age - 37 months

Tasting Notes: Round honey and butter in the nose. Slight burn from the high proof, but ending with a rounded cherry and walnut accent.

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Eleanor and Valentine - Chapter 2
1858

At 14 Eleanor stole the hearts of all the boys. She thanked those who gave her gifts but returned them. She curtseyed when they complimented her but was unmoved.

Perfect red apples began appearing in surprising places. In her lunch pail, atop a fence post along the path to school, and once behind a science book that only she ever read. With the apples were small notes that said nothing about her but spoke of life and meaning and beauty.

She ate the apples and kept the notes.

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Eleanor 1858

The second bottling of Eleanor Bourbon. The second chapter of the story of Eleanor and Valentine Weiss dated 1858.

Details:
750ml
57.4% ABV
114.8 Proof
Single Cask
Distiller - MGP, Indiana
Mash Bill - 75% Corn, 21% Rye, 4% Corn
Entry Proof - 120
Cooperage - Kelvin Cooperage
Age - 37 months

Tasting Notes: Light honey and butter with an accent of ginger snaps and pepper.

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Eleanor and Valentine - Chapter 3
1860

That summer there was a party for the graduates of the Franklin County schools. The boys would take up their father’s professions. Most of the girls were preparing for domestic life. Eleanor was leaving town to attend a women’s college.

At the end of the evening, Valentine found her and touched her elbow. She turned and he said, “Before you go, I have something for you.” He reached into his pocket and pulled out a red apple.

Her mouth fell open, and she gasped.

“It was you!”

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Eleanor 1860

The third bottling of Eleanor Bourbon. The third chapter of the story of Eleanor and Valentine Weiss dated 1860.

Details:
750ml
57.4% ABV
114.8 Proof
Single Cask
Distiller - MGP, Indiana
Mash Bill - 75% Corn, 21% Rye, 4% Barley
Entry Proof - 120
Cooperage - Kelvin Cooperage
Age - 37 months

Tasting Notes: Rounded  butter caramel and rich honey with corn dust and fresh hay. Light barrel spice.

Eleanor Photo

 

Eleanor and Valentine - Chapter 4
1862

They had been engaged for 6 months when Valentine was called to join the militia, along with his brother Napoleon. Their father loaded a wagon and they left at sunrise.

Eleanor handed him a covered basket. Then she pulled a pin from her hair and let it fall onto her shoulders. He put his hand on her cheek, leaned close, and whispered something.

She waved until the wagon disappeared around a bend in the road. He sighed and lifted the cloth from the basket.

It was full of apples.

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Eleanor 1862

The fourth bottling of Eleanor Bourbon. The fourth chapter of the story of Eleanor and Valentine Weiss dated 1862.

Details:
750ml
57.4% ABV
114.8 Proof
Single Cask
Distiller - MGP, Indiana
Mash Bill - 75% Corn, 21% Rye, 4% Barley
Entry Proof - 120
Cooperage - Kelvin Cooperage
Age - 37 months

Tasting Notes: a strangely simplified but classic bourbon with all the rounded caramel-honey notes and mild spice. Extremely mild for being such a high proof.

Eleanor Photo

 

Eleanor and Valentine - Chapter 5
1864

The last letter they got from Valentine was in May. Napoleon came home in December missing a foot and 30 pounds lighter. Eleanor ran across town to the Weiss porch where family and friends were gathered to hear the news.

“Valentine is alive, but he’s at a prison camp in Georgia.”

Hiram Weiss held up his hand and everyone stopped talking.

“Which camp?”

Napoleon looked at his father and then at Eleanor and then at the ground.

“Andersonville.”

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Eleanor 1864

The fifth bottling of Eleanor Bourbon. The fifth chapter of the story of Eleanor and Valentine Weiss dated 1864.

Details:
750ml
57.5% ABV
115 Proof
Single Cask
Distiller - MGP, Indiana
Mash Bill - 75% Corn, 21% Rye, 4% Barley
Entry Proof - 120
Cooperage - Kelvin Cooperage
Age - 39 months

Tasting Notes: low barrel and wood spice notes. Lighter notes of dried hay and corn dust. Mid range spice notes, and very mild caramel. Low on the sweetness scale.

Eleanor Photo

 

Eleanor and Valentine - Chapter 6
1866

When Valentine came home from the war he weighed 106 pounds and needed a cane to walk. Eleanor greeted him with hugs and kisses but later collapsed in tears behind the house.

She nursed him back to health, and they were married 6 months later. After the ceremony she opened her hand to reveal a tiny wreath of braided grass.

“You kept that all these years?”

She nodded and slipped it onto his finger beside his wedding ring. 

“Valentine Weiss, you will always be the apple of my eye.”

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Eleanor 1866

The sixth bottling of Eleanor Bourbon. The sixth chapter of the story of Eleanor and Valentine Weiss dated 1866.

Details:
750ml
57.3% ABV
114.6 Proof
Single Cask
Distiller - MGP, Indiana
Entry Proof - 120
Cooperage - Kelvin Cooperage
Age - 42 months

Tasting Notes: Low barrel and wood spice notes. Lighter notes of dried hay and corn dust. Mid range spice notes, and very mild caramel. Low on the sweetness scale.

Eleanor Photo

 

Eleanor and Valentine - Chapter 7
1868

When he was an old man, Valentine would tell people their first year together was the best year of his life. Napoleon helped him build a little house at the edge of town. Eleanor and Valentine were the couple everyone smiled at. At night they talked about children. She wanted a boy; he wanted a girl.
On their first anniversary, Valentine planted five saplings in their front yard. Eleanor asked him what kind of trees they were. He said, “You’ll find out someday.

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Eleanor 1868

The seventh bottling of Eleanor Bourbon. The seventh chapter of the story of Eleanor and Valentine Weiss dated 1868.

Details:
750ml
57.3% ABV
114.6 Proof
Single Cask
Distiller - MGP, Indiana
Entry Proof - 120
Cooperage - Kelvin Cooperage
Age - 43 months

Tasting Notes: Low barrel and wood spice notes. Lighter notes of dried hay and corn dust. Mid range spice notes, and very mild caramel. Low on the sweetness scale.

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Eleanor and Valentine - Chapter 8
1870

Half the men of Franklin county died in the war, and the local economy fell apart. Times were tough and the Weiss hardware store couldn’t support both Napoleon and Valentine. A war buddy offered Valentine a position in his family distillery in Kentucky. If the job worked out, he would send for Eleanor.

His telegram arrived six months later.

KENTUCKY IS HEAVEN ON EARTH. DISTILLERY IS FLOURISHING. CAN MAKE A NEW LIFE HERE. COME TO ME, MY LOVE. WE’RE GOING TO BE WHISKEY MAKERS.

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Eleanor 1870

The eighth bottling of Eleanor Bourbon. The eighth chapter of the story of Eleanor and Valentine Weiss dated 1870.

Details:
Class Type: Straight Bourbon finished in a Cinsault Barrel
750ml
56.25% ABV
112.5 Proof
Single Cask
Distiller - MGP, Indiana
Entry Proof - 120
Cooperage - Kelvin Cooperage
Age - 46 months

Tasting Notes:

Nose: Butter and cream, peaches, nectarine, apricot, dark toffee, pound cake, almonds

Palate: Dense floral notes, cream and fresh fruit, black pepper, butter cream, vanilla

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Eleanor and Valentine - Chapter 9
1872

PREPARE YOURSELF FOR BAD NEWS BROTHER. WAGON OVERTURNED ON THE SWIFT RIVER WEST OF GOSHEN. I BROKE MY BACK. LAID UP BUT RECOVERING. ELEANOR HELD ON FOR A FEW DAYS BUT PASSED PEACEFULLY. LAST WORDS: TELL VALENTINE I LOVE HIM AND I KNEW FROM THE BEGINNING HE WAS THE ONE LEAVING THE APPLES. NAPOLEON.

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Eleanor 1872

The ninth bottling of Eleanor Bourbon. The ninth chapter of the story of Eleanor and Valentine Weiss dated 1872.

Details:
Class Type: Whisky Distilled from a Bourbon Mash
750ml
56.25% ABV
112.5 Proof
Single Cask
Distiller - MGP, Indiana
Entry Proof - 120
Cooperage - Unknown
Used Barrel Source - Jack Daniels
Age - 50 months

Tasting Notes:

 

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Eleanor and Valentine - Chapter 10
1882

They called him “The Shadow” because he walked in darkness both to and from work. Many had never heard him speak. His cabin was an alchemist’s laboratory, billowing smoke at odd hours and littered with old stills, vials, and gauges.

His distillery produced a bourbon renown throughout Kentucky, but insiders went to his back door for the good stuff.

Ten years after she died the master distiller quit his job, packed up his equipment, and left town without a word. Valentine was going home.

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Eleanor 1882

The tenth bottling of Eleanor Bourbon. The tenth chapter of the story of Eleanor and Valentine Weiss dated 1882.

Details:
Class Type: Whisky Distilled from a Bourbon Mash
750ml
53.75% ABV
107.5 Proof
Single Cask
Distiller - MGP, Indiana
Entry Proof - 120
Cooperage - Kelvin
Finishing Barrel - Emptied from Eleanor, filled with Imperial Stout by Acopon Brewing, refilled with MGP Eleanor and finished for 6 months
Final Age - 40 months

Tasting Notes:

Nose: Spearmint and milk chocolate nose, light honey and spice, black tea middle.
Palate: Middle core of milk chocolate cream and mint / honey, finish of barrel spice and black tea.

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Eleanor 1884

The eleventh bottling of Eleanor Bourbon. The eleventh chapter of the story of Eleanor and Valentine Weiss dated 1884.

Details:
Class Type: Bourbon finished in Whisky Barrels
750ml
% ABV
Proof
Single Cask
Distiller - MGP, Indiana
Entry Proof - 120
Cooperage - Kelvin
Finishing Barrel - Emptied Eleanor bourbon from MGP moved into an Islay Barrel. In the Islay barrel for 9 months.
Final Age - 45 months

Tasting Notes:

Nose: dark cherry chocolate, rich molasses, honey, light bourbon dust
Palate: dark fruit, light floral, deep honey, ending barrel pepper and spice

 

Eleanor and Valentine - Chapter 11
1884

Valentine arrived with a wagon full of equipment. Folks thought he was a tinker and ignored him as he plodded along and finally came to a stop in front of the house he built 15 years earlier.

There were 5 mature apple trees out front, limbs heavy with fruit. Napoleon spoke from the porch. “I give ‘em away to whoever wants them.”

“She’d have liked that.”

“It was her idea. Round here most of the pies come from your trees.”

“It’s settled then. We’ll sell whiskey and give away apples.”

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