Cathead Distillery Launches Old Soul Bourbon
Cathead Distillery, Mississippi’s first legal distillery and the creator of seven authentic, small batch spirits, announces the launch of its newest product: Old Soul Bourbon, available nationwide on September 5.
Developed by Co-Founders Richard Patrick and Austin Evans, along with Master Distiller Philip Ladner, Old Soul is a blended straight bourbon with a mash bill of 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4% malted barley.
Old Soul offers an elegant and balanced mouthfeel with notes of rose and dried cherry, followed by toffee and baking spices. Rye spice and herbaceous notes appear mid-palate and into the finish, which is rich and earthy. The bourbon’s color is a brilliant deep amber, and the nose presents sweet notes of vanilla, reminiscent of bakery goods and sugar cookies, with a hint of fresh leather.
The ‘Old Soul’ Process:
Old Soul is a precise blend of whiskey, each bottle with an identical high rye mash bill. Each barrel is reviewed by nose and palate – the old-fashioned way – and expertly blended from whiskeys distilled in Mississippi and Indiana. It’s hand-made and hand-selected, making Old Soul the perfect metaphor for the bourbon—one that is thoughtfully crated with a nod to both tradition and the future.
Old Soul is aged in traditional 53-gallon, American white oak barrels in Cathead’s barrel room in Jackson, MS. Terroir is a big factor in this bourbon’s aging process, and the strong Southern heat and humidity offer an ideal environment for maturation – and producing older flavor notes within shorter times. Since it’s rarely cold in Mississippi, the liquid is, for most of the year, expanding into the oak, pulling complex tannin flavors of dried fruits and notes of vanilla to the distillate. The team has found that the heat and humidity of the Jackson climate strongly advances flavors that are found in older bourbons aged in Kentucky and Indiana.
Behind the Name:
In other words, like an ‘Old Soul’, this bourbon shows maturity of a much older, longer-aged statement bourbon. Also reflected in the name is Cathead’s goal to preserve the past of bourbon and distilling, while innovating the art of bourbon whiskey — with the bottle’s label boasting the phrase, “A nod to tradition and to the future.”
Where to Find:
The bourbon will be distributed with a regional concentration on Cathead’s immediate footprint in Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina markets.