New Holland Brewery’s (Holland, Michigan, est 1997) has mad street cred for its legendary Dragon’s Milk Barrel Aged Stout, est 2001, and is known in some circles as the first ever barrel aged beer to be sold year round.
The masters of microbrewing are now making big waves in the distilling world with their release of Dragon’s Milk Origin Small Batch Bourbon, which is the company’s first year round available Bourbon, in the states where carried.
Origin is a straight Bourbon whiskey, bottled at 95 proof, with an age statement of 5 years.
“Origin is one of the most exciting projects we’ve taken on at New Holland,” says Adam Dickerson, brand manager at New Holland. “We’ve been sampling this product patiently for five long years and are continually impressed by its complexity of flavor, and delicate finish. As Michigan’s oldest whiskey distiller, we are immensely proud to be able to offer this bourbon to our customers. We feel that it is a landmark moment for us as a distillery.”
Origin is made from a 100-year-old prohibition-era pot still that resides at New Holland’s production facility, used to produce all of their bourbon recipes. This traditional still imparts fruit-forward character and a balanced body, while allowing New Holland to produce true small-batch bourbon, always bottled at 100 barrels or less per the brand. The recipe features corn, rye, and a high ratio of malted barley.
“Origin’s high-barley mash bill and 5-year maturation in char 3 oak barrels offer the drinker a one-of-a-kind experience,” Dickerson said. “We are particularly enthusiastic about Origin’s four signature tasting notes of stone fruit (namely pear and apricot), citrus, baked pastries, and vanilla wafer. The marriage of these flavors with the myriad of additional sub-flavors forms a truly memorable bourbon and presents you with new tasting notes to uncover each time you revisit.
Origin was released April 16th at New Holland’s own retail locations, April 18th starting national distribution in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Colorado, Texas, and California.