The Covered Bridges Whiskey Company is building a new legacy of craft spirits with their growing line of expressions that honor the infrastructure that built the American Whiskey Industry.
Covered bridges were an important aspect in the transportation of early spirits, and were often built adjacent to grist mills and distilleries to aid in distribution.
As the brand launched their first line, they turned to an important bridge in whiskey history—the Ruddel’s Mill bridge built in 1861. The bridge was used by the grist mill owned by Kentucky Pioneer Isaac Ruddell, and was used until 1964. This covered bridge was one of the first in Kentucky and, along with the grist mill, was an essential part of establishing Bourbon County’s first industrial district.
After launching with Ruddell’s Mill Kentucky Straight Bourbon in May, The Covered Bridges Whiskey Company has spent the summer growing and adding new products to their line. Leading the new launches is the Ruddell’s Mill Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, a small batch rye made from a high rye mash bill. The mash bill uses a touch of malted barley and is based on the recipes that would have been common in the 1700’s. The spirit is non-chill filtered and bottled at 94.4 proof for a full-flavored whiskey with a well spiced profile.
The company has also launched Kentucky Bourbon Cherries and a Kentucky Bourbon Barbecue Sauce. The two items are a fun and delightful way to compliment the gift of a bottle this holiday season. For your bar, the cherries are a unique twist for classic whisky cocktails as they have subtle notes of the bourbon, making them the ideal accompaniment as a garnish.
Both whiskeys are ideal for using in classic and minimalist cocktails as well as neat or on the rocks. We recommend starting by drinking the spirit neat to get a feel for the flavors before mixing up a cocktail. Two of our favorite ways to drink Ruddell’s Mill is in an Old Fashioned or Boulevardier.
- 2 oz. Ruddell’s Mill Bourbon
- 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
- 2 dashes of The Bitter Truth Bogart’s Bitters
Preparation: Stir with ice and serve in a rocks glass over a large ice ball. Garnish with an orange peel and a Maraska Maraschino cherry if desired.
- 1 1/2 oz. Ruddell’s Mill Bourbon
- 3/4 oz. Campari
- 3/4 oz. Sweet Vermouth
- 5 dashes of The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters
Preparation: Combine ingredients over ice and stir. Strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube. Garnish with an orange peel.