Spirit of America Handcrafted Bourbon
What the Distillery Says:
Our Father, Mike Roberts, had three true passions in life: family, entrepreneurship, and baseball. He also had a vision and a keen sense of seeing winners long before they ever became successful. After getting out of the service, he started his career in the spirits industry working for two industry legends: his cousin, Jules Berman, the original importer of Kahlua into America and his father, Joe Roberts, who ran the entire East Coast for Jules and later started his own creative marketing consulting company. After Kahlua, Mike worked for Glenmore Distillers in New York before relocating to South Florida in 1977 and taking a position with Florida Beverage Corporation. Mike was recruited by Southern Wine & Spirits in 1985. After 15 years with them, he took early retirement and began one of his true passions, entrepreneurship.
In 2013, we found the perfect team and launched our own Distillery in America’s Heartland in Downtown Indianapolis. In April 2014, we formed Hobson & Roberts Distilling Company. From this distillery, we are proud to bring you a line of fantastic tasting Whiskies and Bourbons that are 100% produced and bottled in the USA, and one Dad would be proud to call a winner.
In his spare time from 1990 – 2012, he ran one of the most respected 18u travel baseball programs in the country, The Florida Pokers. He was responsible for sending over 300 players to college to earn a degree and another three dozen into the Major Leagues. Coaching baseball and mentoring the youth of America is something he took great pride in.
During his time in the liquor industry and coaching baseball he tinkered with taking a risk on a brand he trademarked and briefly launched in 1980. Knowing this country needed to get back to its roots, back to creating jobs in the USA, and regaining a passion for being American; he knew this was the right time for “Spirit of America™”. Unfortunately he never found the right product, partner, and time to launch it.
Dad passed away Dec 27, 2012, never having the opportunity to see this one through. As a tribute to a man that did so much for so many, who Served His Country and lived his life by the true Spirit of America: Honor, Pride, Integrity & Hard Work, we went searching for that partner.
In 2013, we found those partners in Jake Ireland and Master Distiller, Stuart Hobson and launched our own Distillery in America’s Heartland in Downtown Indianapolis. In April 2014, we formed Hobson & Roberts Distilling Company. From this distillery, we are proud to bring you a line of fantastic tasting Whiskies and Bourbons that are 100% produced and bottled in the USA, and one Dad would be proud to call a winner.
In honor of the Spirit of America and for the men and women who defend our country, we are donating $1 from every bottle sold to Hope for the Warriors®. Please raise a glass with us to toast not only our Father, but to the true SPIRIT OF AMERICA.
Love You Dad!!
Spirit of America™ Bourbon is a unique, wheated, American Bourbon born in the Heartland of the USA and handcrafted to be the greatest American Whiskey in the world.
Mash Bill: 51% Corn, 45% Wheat, 4% Malted Barley
Tasting notes: Warm smell of Vanilla, toasted oak, spice and sweet caramel
Finish: Sweet and Smooth
Our partner, MGP selects only the finest Midwestern wheat and Indiana provides a home to the perfect year round climate for this crop. Distilling from wheat is easier to use and matures at a much faster rate. This allows a younger bourbon to provide an amazingly mellow tasting experience every bit as good, if not better, than older aged rye and corn bourbons. Our master distiller selects small batches of Spirit of America™ to blend and bottle in our own classic house style, leaving you with a long lasting, satisfying finish that stands up to any palate. SOA is a bourbon lovers dream; Truly a World Class Bourbon.
What Richard Says:
Nose: I took this to a gathering to see what others thought and one comment that kind of stuck was the similarity to Maker’s Mark on the nose. Light and slightly sweet, nutty with a wisp of vanilla and bit of licorice..
Palate: Sweet…like REALLY sweet. It almost borders on liqueur sweet. Vanilla cream filling and caramel chews.
Finish: Light and fleeting.
Comments: As far as I know, this is the first commercially released bottling of MGP’s new wheated mashbill bourbon that they started distilling in 2013. For that alone the curiosity might make me buy this. Add to it the unusually high wheat percentage mashbill and I can feel the whiskey acquisition disorder kicking in. However, the two years of age kind of works the other way. After tasting it I can say it is much better than I expected. This new mashbill has serious promise. At two years this is easily drinkable. It’s really more of a mixer but it’s not bad on it’s own either.
Rating: Stands Out
Our thanks to Simply the Best PR for sending over a bottle for review.