Orchard Mesa in Palisade is rapidly evolving into more than just a wine region. With its proximity to quality fresh produce, a variety of other spirits are being distilled in the area -- meads, fruit wines, vodkas and now, bourbon.
In case you missed it last week, the Rocky Mountain News ran this blurb Aug 18:
"Peach Street Distillers, based in Palisade, has released what it calls Colorado's first legal bourbon, following more than two years of barrel aging.
"'Waiting for this bourbon has proved to be quite an exercise in restraint, but the rewards are well worth it," Rory Donovan, co-founder of Peach Street, said in a news release.
Straight Bourbon Whiskey's initial release is limited to 200 bottles, available only at the distillery. The company didn't provide a price tag. A company spokesman wasn't available."
Bourbon is a distilled grain spirit typically made from corn, in this case Olathe sweet corn. For those of you more in love with things fermented from grapes, Peach Street also produces peach, pear and plum brandy. (Brandy is produced by further distilling wine).
Grand Junction ABC Affiliate KJCT8 elaborated on the release, "Dave Lindig of Peach Street explains bourbon is typically made with 51% corn; Peach Street uses 60% corn, making for a higher quality spirit, Lindig said."
For the full KJCT8 transcript, click here.