It wasn’t until Prohibition that American whiskey was commonly sold in bottles. Before that, when a saloon or bar bought whiskey, they purchased a certain number of barrels. Bottles were expensive, and it was common practice for the patron to bring their own bottles to be filled by the barkeep from his barrels of whiskey. When bottling became affordable and mechanized, the idea that a single barrel of whiskey could stand on its own eventually died out completely. In 1984, Buffalo Trace’s Master Distiller Elmer T. Lee began selecting superior barrels of whiskey and bottling it one barrel at a time. Under Elmer T’s watchful eye, Blanton’s, the first single barrel of bourbon since Prohibition, was born.
Eight Row Flint continues this single barrel tradition by traveling to distilleries, visiting the rickhouses where the bourbon rests, and tasting these whiskeys straight from the barrel. When we discover whiskey that we cannot live without — just like Elmer T. was searching for over 25 years ago — we buy up the whole barrel.
The following bourbons were selected by Morgan Weber and are available only at Eight Row Flint.
Eight Row Flint Solera Infinity
Infinity Blend: That's right, the massive glass demijohn in the middle of the bourbon tower.
That glass monster contains our house-blend of every single barrel that has ever walked through our doors. Currently that list includes: Eagle Rare Barrels 1 & 2, Weller Antique Barrels 1, 2 & 3, Buffalo Trace Barrels 1 & 2, Knob Creek Barrels 1 & 2, Knob Creek Rye Barrel 1, Knob Creek 25th Anniversary, Whistlepig 10 year Barrels 1, 2, 3 & 4, Whistlepig 12-year Bespoke, Ridgemont 1792 Barrel 1, Old Forester Barrel 1, Russell’s Reserve Barrels 1, 2, 3 & 4, Woodford Reserve Barrel 1, Jefferson's, Four Roses Barrels 1 & 2, Maker’s Select, Elijah Craig Barrel 1, Kentucky Spirit Barrels 1 &2, Willett Rye, Blanton’s.
This barrel will constantly evolve and change over the months and years, but will remain one of the most interesting offerings in our meek establishment.
Old Weller Antique $12
Aged 7 years, Cut to 107° at bottling.
Nose: Sugarcane, spice and everything nice. The nose is so sublime, I wish the air smelled this way.
Palate: The body is big and very well-balanced. Flirting between sweet honeyed fruit notes and strong vanilla undertones.
Finish: Hangs around like that creepy guy at the bar for a good 2 to 3 minutes, except this is enjoyable.
Knob Creek 25th Anniversary $18
Aged 13 1/2 years, cut to 120° at Bottling
Nose: Cinnamon sticks, oak and tobacco leaf.
Palate: Heavy on the tongue and bold. Toasted oak, allspice and clove.
Finish: Lingering long, leaving you craving for more.
Russell’s Reserve Warehouse B $12
Nose: Caramelized stone fruit and extremely interesting. Top-floor spice.
Palate: Slightly medicinal and fantastic salinity. Hits you in the back of the jaw. Great balance of stone fruit and nut butters.
Finish: Crazy long and complicated AF.
Russell’s Reserve Warehouse D $12
Nose: Peaches and plums, cinnamon and allspice.
Palate: Tannic but balanced with a massive amount of structure.
Four Roses OESQ $12
Aged 8 years 9 months, Cask Strength at 126.4°
Nose: Nice and spicy.
Palate: Black pepper, clove, and cinnamon.
Finish: Very complicated and long. Recommend this sucker over and over.
Whistle Pig Old World 100% Peruvian Cask $24
Aged 12 years, Cut to 86° at bottling.
Nose: Caramel and butterscotch.
Palate: Distressed leather, light tobacco, new beach ball.
Finish: Medium finish. Coats your tongue and disappears.
Knob Creek 6 year Rye – Tejas Kentucky Club $12
Aged 6 years, Cut to 115° at bottling.
Nose: Rye spiciness with oak and pepper notes. Dried fruit and leather.
Palate: Leather with a bit of vanilla and baseball park peanuts.
Finish: Long and evolving. Astringent and clean like a doctor’s office smells.
Real Spirits – Tejas Kentucky Club $16
Cut to 100° at bottling.
Nose: Just like walking into a barrel room – rich wood.
Palate: Maple syrup, cinnamon, and toasty barrel dominates. Makes me think of Eggos for breakfast.
Finish: Won’t hang around all day, but won’t let you forget it’s there.
L’Encantada L’Esprit Bas Armagnac – Space Cowboy $30
Our First Armagnac. Collaboration with Nasa Liquor, Houston, Texas.
Aged 18 years, Cask Strength at 99.2°.
Nose: This cask strength is very aromatic – typical from the Bas Armagnac. It reveals a lot of honey notes which evolve into sweet toffee and fig.
Palate: Lively and long. Bright almond and earthy notes bloom on your tongue.
Finish: Let the glass sit for a moment while it releases the scent of orange blossom perfume.
Whistle Pig 10 Year Rye
Aged 10 years, Cask Strength at 112.5°
Nose: Spicy and floral.
Palate: Classic, pink bubblegum fresh out of the wrapper and a little oak.
Finish: Long, evolving finish.
Aged 10 years, Cask Strength at 120°
Nose: All of the mint.
Palate: Hazelnut with a slight salinity.
Finish: Longfinish that stays with you until you take the next sip.
Whistle Pig Tejas Kentucky Club
Aged 12 years, Cut to 96° at Bottling
Nose: Toasted oak with toffee and plum.
Palate: Sweet, spicy and herbal flavors.
Finish: Peppery spice dominates the finish, reminding you it's a rye.
Willet Family Estates Rye - Storm Dollar
Collaboration with Silver Dollar, Louisville, Kentucky
Aged 6 years, 116° Cask Strength
Nose: Rich rye, spice, and cinnamon. Balanced oak and hints of cedar.
Palate: lots of grip, evolving Mexican chocolate and lingering cinnamon.
Finish: Very complex and intricate.
Willet Family Estates Bourbon - Troubadour
Aged 6 years, 125.8° Cask Strength
Nose: Burnt sugar Christmas tree.
Palate: Classic, delicious caramel up front with a touch of worn leather following quickly behind.
Finish: One you get past the cask strength burn, it lingers richly on the back of your tongue.
Pro tip: Drink this one before Morgan does.
Copper & Kings - Brandy
123° Cask Strength
Nose: Butterscotch and burnt cotton candy.
Palate: Beautiful fruit, balanced oak, black paper and spicy cinnamon.
Finish: Doesn't linger for too long. Hint of fire at the end.
Aged 5 years, Cut to 90° at Bottling
Nose: Incredibly pleasant nose.
Palate: Cigar, tobacco spicebomb.
Finish: Very sophisticated finish (like your old college professor).
Plantation Rum – Peru $12
Our First Rum. Tropical aging in bourbon and Slovenian casks followed by Continental aging in Pierre Ferrand casks, then matured in Willett Rye barrels for one year.
Cask Strength at 99.6°
Nose: Caramel, caramel, caramel.
Palate: Ripe figs and banana.
Finish: Lingers lightly with hints of vanilla and nutmeg.
Eight Row Flight
After tasting barrel after barrel of bourbon, eventually finding the best and most unique, we bought the whole barrel and brought it back to the Heights. Please enjoy these fine whiskeys hand-selected by Morgan Weber.
Woodford Reserve - Russell's Reserve Warehouse D - Kentucky Spirit K
It's All About the Barrel
Follow this whiskey on its path from white corn whiskey into 10-year-old bourbon. All three of these whiskeys use the same traditional bourbon mash bill of mostly corn, finished with some rye and malted barley. Here, we see how the exact same mashbill (recipe) can taste so drastically different, based on where and how long it is aged.
Buffalo Trace - Eagle Rare - Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch
The Rye Flight
Rye whiskey was the prevalent whiskey of the northeastern states, especially Pennsylvania and Maryland, but largely disappeared after Prohibition. In the United States, “rye whiskey” is, by law, made from a mash of at least 51 percent rye.
Rittenhouse Rye 100 - Whistle Pig 10yr - Woodford Rye
Finishing whiskey in barrels that originally housed another spirit is not a new concept. These three selections derive so much of their flavor from their respective barrel finishes: rye in Vermouth and French oak casks, bourbon in Sherry butts, and finally a bourbon in Chinato Vermouth barrels.
Jefferson Pritchard Cask - Belle Meade 9yr Sherry Finish - Whistle Pig Old World Bespoke Blend, Reserve 101
Where There's Smoke
For generations, Scottish whisky makers have used peat smoke to dry their barley malt and impart a distinct flavor profile. New craft distilleries in the states have taken this whiskey making tradition to another level by using not only peat but different wood smokes to create big, bold, but still balanced whiskey.
Laphroig 10 yr - High West Campfire - Balcones Brimstone
Think you know your stuff? Put your palate to the test with our blind flight. If you guess all three pours correctly, you get $5 off your flight!
Tequila Ocho - Rey Campero Tepextate Mezcal - Flor Del Desierto Sotol - La Venenosa Black Label Raicilla