Distilled in Sparta, Kentucky but originating in Durham, North Carolina, Old Hillside Bourbon Company offers a variety of non-chilled, filtered bourbon products smooth enough for the novice drinker but complex enough for the most discerning enthusiast.
When bourbon is created, the ingredients are fermented, distilled, and barrel-aged. The byproducts of this process, known as congeners, are extra sediments that can affect the taste of the bourbon. In non-chill bourbons, the bourbon may appear hazy if it is subjected to cold temperatures during transportation. Therefore, many bourbon distilleries chill-filter their bourbon in order to make the drink appear lighter-bodied on the shelf. However, filtering out some of the congeners may alter the flavor of the bourbon.
At Old Hillside Bourbon Company, our priority remains the taste—not the appearance. Therefore, we do not chill-filter our bourbon. The existence of the congeners actually contributes to a smoother taste and finish, and a better overall sipping experience. These sediments also give the bourbon more complexity and differentiation.