Being from the South, I am excited to hear that some southern, older traditions of the past are peaking through the bourbon world. When I think of older southern generations and traditions in the south, I do tend to think of the illegal producers of this great spirit, but it all had to start from somewhere. FEW has taken it upon themselves to combine the best of the North and the South in their Bourbon with traditions and ingredients.
FEW Bourbon uses three grains that are infused together, a corn, a malted barley and they combined that with a Northern Rye to give it a spicy kick. This is a fairly young bourbon since it is ages for one year in a charred oak barrel but it does have some interesting characteristics to it.
On the nose I found a sweet floral scent that would round out into an apricot. No spice was detected at the nosing stage. The first thing I noticed in the taste is how smooth the bourbon felt as I took my first sip. The second sip reminded me of a werther's hard original candy that smooth creaminess of caramel, vanilla and a nutty flavor that is a cross between a peanut and toffee. Towards the end of the taste the spicy from the rye reminds you that it is in there and can probably be diluted with a drop of water if you are not into the spiciness of rye. Please keep in mind that when tasting this bourbon they do produce it in small batches, so there may be some differences within each batch.
Definitely a sipping bourbon that will warm you up on a cold day if you choose to drink it neat, like I do! Nice job FEW, I am looking forward to trying the Rye next.