Puncher’s Chance Bourbon has announced its first-ever limited release offering, The D12TANCE Straight Tennessee Bourbon. Aged for 12 years in traditional stone and wood rickhouses and finished in California Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, just 70 barrels of the whiskey have been made.
Sourced from the IJW Whiskey Company in Louisville, Kentucky, The D12TANCE is made from a mash bill of 84 percent corn, eight percent malt, eight percent rye, and a proprietary yeast strain. With a complex aroma of vanilla, dark cherry fruit and toasted oak, this Tennessee Bourbon yields incredible flavor.
As a relative newcomer to the whiskey category, Wolf Spirit knew the liquid for Puncher’s Chance The D12TANCE needed to pack a punch (pun intended) if we wanted to make our mark, which is why we partnered with the talented team at IJW,” said Umberto Luchini, Founder of Wolf Spirit.
“With The D12TANCE, we are finishing a 12-year-old Bourbon in wine casks, which is quite unique, as you usually see much younger whiskies receiving this treatment. This was critical to us because we didn’t want the fine Bourbon overpowered by the wine barrel finishing. Our goal was to use the finishing to coax more of the existing characteristics out of the whiskey,” Luchini continues.
Bottled at 48% ABV, a warm hint of caramel and vanilla hits the palate first. As the proof gently fades, the tongue picks up a long, fruity finish reminiscent of the French Oak wine barrels in which the liquid rested for two months.
The D12TANCE comes housed in the traditional Puncher’s Chance jet-black bottle with a gentle fade at the bottom to reveal the amber liquid within. The Puncher’s Chance tiger, a common symbol in boxing and MMA fighting, again graces the label, but this time in gold leaf.
The whiskey is best served neat or on the rocks to truly experience the subtle effects the finishing has on this perfectly-balanced and nuanced liquid.
With only 2,000 cases produced for the U.S. market, The D12TANCE may be purchased in California, Florida, Kentucky, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, New York, Tennessee, Georgia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Missouri, Connecticut, and Wisconsin .
The D12TANCE is priced at $120 per 750 ml bottle. For more information, head over to Puncher’s Chance’s official website.
Last year, we caught up with founder Umberto Luchini to discuss Puncher’s Chance Bourbon, where his interest in whiskey came from, and to find out what goes into every bottle.