Neversink Select – Bourbon Finished in Apple Apéritif Casks

Neversink Select – Bourbon Finished in Apple Apéritif Casks – is the marriage of a wheated bourbon finished in casks previously used to age Apple Apéritif; Neversink’s spin on the French classic, Pommeau. The Apple Apéritif, being a blend of cider and brandy, combines the best of both worlds: the concentrated apple flavors found in brandy and the fresh and tannic apple character that comes from the heirloom cider. The wheated bourbon is a perfect canvas for apple highlights found in the aperitif cask. The mellow complexities of wheat meet spice and vanilla from the new American oak and are rounded out for a fuller bodied spirit by the Apéritif. A hint of sweetness closes out every perfect sip.

“Neversink Select Bourbon from Port Chester, N.Y., is one that I particularly enjoy. It begins as a non-distiller-produced wheated bourbon, but it’s their special touch of aging it in barrels that were previously used to age their apple apéritif that provides round fruit aromas, along with balanced vanilla and spice on the palate and a rich mouthfeel. At 90 proof, this is a great value bourbon. I tend to use it for sour cocktails like a Gold Rush, or for stirred numbers like a Boulevardier — not only for its price point, but for being a whiskey that drinks like homemade apple pie.” —Leif Huckman, beverage director, Inness, Hotel Kinsley and Lola, Accord and Kingston, N.Y. (Vine Pair 2024)