Over the years I've consumed plenty of bourbon, but this month (which happens to be National Bourbon Heritage Month) was a first -- this time I got to bottle my own bourbon. Falls Church Distillers, a new distillery located in Falls Church, Virginia, recently hosted a bourbon bottling party. My wife (Ms. Cocktail Den) and I participated in all aspects of the bottling process from cleaning it, pouring bourbon into it, sealing it, and labeling it. It's a win win for everyone -- Falls Church Distillers gets some free labor, and you get a fun experience.
During the event we got to meet the father-son team behind the operation. Michael (the father and CEO) and Lorenzo (the son and head distiller) Paluzzi are smart and engaging. It's exciting to watch, and briefly be a small part of, a new business taking flight. I use that term deliberately, as Michael is a U.S. Air Force veteran.
So what about the bourbon? Forget about tasting notes (identifying flavors is not my forte) and let's cut to the chase -- it's smooth and will work well in cocktails. It's a little over three years old, which it makes it relatively young by bourbon standards. Some bourbon drinkers might find it a little too mellow, but that may be due to its youth.
If you get a chance to BYOB, do it.