Classification: Straight Bourbon
Company: Jeptha Creed Distillery
Distillery: Jeptha Creed Distillery
Release Date: Ongoing
Age: 2 Years, 9 Months
Mashbill: 70% Bloody Butcher Heirloom Corn, 15% Malted Rye, 10% Malted Wheat, 5% Malted Barley
Color: Dirty Gold
MSRP: $50 (2023)
Grass | Cedar | Dandelions | Tobacco | Mushroom | Vegetative | Mixed nuts
Coriander | Light clove | Leather | Honey | Grassy | Touch of mint
Vanilla | Almond | Light brown sugar | Graham cracker | Medium length
With its earthy flavor profile and malted grains, Jeptha Creed is creating a distinct flavor that’s all their own.
Jeptha Creed Distillery is located in Shelbyville, Kentucky and is operated by mother and daughter team Joyce and Autumn Nethery. The farm distillery sits on 64 acres and produces a number of grains for their bourbon including an impressive amount of heirloom grains. Jeptha Creed also malts their secondary grains, but this was the result of a happy accident. Before Jeptha Creed Distillery became fully operational in 2016, the team would test distill their grains at a Wisconsin distillery. Due to a delivery accident, all of their grains arrived malted, yet they decided to try distilling with them nevertheless. They were so impressed with the results, they decided to stick with malting their secondary grains for their future bourbon releases.
Much like their Red, White & Blue Straight Bourbon, Jeptha Creed 4 Grain Corn Bourbon has a very natural and earthy taste to it. The nose especially is full of fresh scents of grass, cedar, and dandelions with mushrooms thrown in for good measure. It sounds odd, but it really comes together and is a nice change of pace from the typical bourbon aroma of vanilla, caramel, and oak. The palate and finish mirror the nose’s freshness and the whole bourbon tastes very down to earth. Surprisingly, the bloody butcher corn doesn’t give off a roasted note unlike what you’ll notice with many of its peers. The inclusion of malted grains helps add a light buttery mouthfeel, and despite its under 3 year old age statement, contains no harsh grain notes or general youthfulness. The bourbon’s age becomes a factor on its flavor intensity. While the proof seems adequate and the bourbon’s flavor profile is good, it lacks punch and is more mellow than I would like it to be. Overall, Jeptha Creed 4 Grain Corn Bourbon is shaping up nicely and with a little more time in the barrel may remedy the few minor issues I have with it.