Widow Jane Launches 2021 Decadence Bourbon

Bourbon Hunting Season 2021 continues as Widow Jane today revealed details for their 2021 launch of Decadence bourbon whiskey.

Decadence is a 10-year-old bourbon blended in small batches, and then finished in American Oak Barrels that previously held maple syrup from Upstate New York’s Crown Maple.

The product returns to retail shelves and back bars across the U.S. beginning this month. 

Widow Jane recommends the whiskey in winter-warming cocktails like toddies and Old Fashioned riffs, or served neat or on a rock.

The Brooklyn-based distillery, led by President and Head Distiller Lisa Wicker, introduced the first 550-case batch of Decadence in April 2020, along with the second batch, another 550 cases made available in October of that year. Both sold out in a matter of days, according to the company. 

Widow Jane Decadence is 91 proof. The suggested retail price is $89.99 per 750-ml. bottle.

On the nose is sugared pecans, maple, birch beer and charred oak, the company reports. The palate is vanilla, burnt sugar, cinnamon and bark. The finish brings brown sugar, shortbread, mellow tobacco and old whiskey.

Crown Maple makes its home in the Hudson Valley, a short drive from the Rosendale Mines where Widow Jane sources water to proof its whiskeys.

The synergy between Widow Jane and Crown Maple dates to 2014, when the distillery first provided whiskey for Crown’s bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup.

“Finishing Decadence in barrels that previously contained Crown Maple Syrup serves to enhance the richness that bourbon lovers already associate with Widow Jane,” says Wicker. “When we introduced the product in April 2020, it was so well received by the serious whiskey drinker. It became obvious quickly that we needed to follow up with another release.”

Each batch release of Widow Jane Decadence represents between 500 and 550 cases (3,000 to 3,300 bottles). The fall and winter 2021 batches will collectively yield around 2,000 cases, or 12,000 bottles, and will be available in most major whiskey markets in October 2021.

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