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Nothing like Lazy Guy: Horse Hound and Hunt for the Best Bourbons

The gauge on the still read 128 proof.  There is nothing like a whiskey tasting as it comes directly out of the still.  And we were told, that once it dropped to 120 proof and maintained 120 proof for at least 30 minutes, they would drain the whiskey from the still and load in charred barrels until their time to shine.  It didn’t have much of a taste, maybe a hint of sweet corn, but not too sweet – definitely had a kick.

The still used at Lazy Guy Distillery in Kennesaw is unique.  When you look at the photos, focus on the tower in the middle with 4 levels of distillment.  That’s where the magic begins.  And then there is the magic of what happens once the product is poured into the charred barrels to age.  How long it ages is the determining factor for when it’s bottle ready.

On the Hunt for great bourbons produced in the South, Lazy Guy was our first stop.  We sampled the 4 year aged, 100 proof, Embers on a rock which is a distillery exclusive and claimed as Georgia’s first “straight” bourbon.

In previous visits and sampling with friends to this local distillery, our favorite has been the Side Track Bourbon.  At 90 proof, this bourbon presents a caramel note, rich character and a smooth finish that owner Mark Allen’s “passion for producing a truly unique and unmatched bourbon.”

Since it was my wife’s  birthday weekend, we decided to treat ourselves to the Cold Heart Whiskey Kit with three 750ml bottles and a small charred barrel for aging.  Following the directions closely, we “swelled” the barrel, poured in two and half bottles, and sealed it up to let the aging process begin. The plan is to let it age over the next year and then open it for a taste at my wife’s next birthday celebration.  It remains to be seen whether or not it will make it an entire year unsampled.

From the Lazy Guy website, “For those who seek an untamed, high-proof spirit, Cold Heart is our gift to you. This unaged whiskey is cut from the heart of our production run and imparts the straight-from-the-still taste of our select grains. Enjoy this spirit straight from the freezer for a uniquely Cold Hearted experience.”

Check them out at http://lazyguydistillery.com/

Awards:

Side Track Bourbon Awards–90 proof bourbon

Silver Medal winner at Whiskies of The World August 2017, Bronze Medal winner at The Washington Cup Spirits Competition September 2016, Silver Medal winner at Whiskies of The World August 2016, and Bronze Medal winner at ADI Kentucky April 2014

5th Article 1887–100 proof Rye Whiskey

Gold Medal winner at Whiskies of The World August 2017
Bronze Medal winner at The Washington Cup Spirits Competition September 2017
Gold Medal ‘Best in Class’ winner at Whiskies of The World August 2016
Bronze Medal winner at The Washington Cup Spirits Competition September 2016

Kennesaw Lightning– 100 Proof Corn Whiskey

Silver Medal winner at Whiskies of The World August 2017
Silver Medal winner at Whiskies of The World August 2016
Bronze Medal winner at American Craft Spirits Association Chicago March 2016
Bronze Medal winner at Distilled San Diego 2015

Threesome Whiskey

AWARDS:
Silver Medal winner at Whiskies of The World August 2017
Silver Medal winner at American Craft Spirits Association Chicago March 2016
Silver Medal ‘Outstanding’ winner at Whiskies of The World August 2016

Atlanta Gin

Bronze Medal winner at The Washington Cup Spirits Competition September 2017

Tours & Tastings: Lazy Guy offers free tours of the distillery to all ages on Saturdays and the Spirit Lab is open for tastings and custom cocktails Fridays 5-8 pm. for those 21+ and Saturdays 12-8 pm. (family friendly until 5 pm.).

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