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107 Proof (53.5% ABV)
At the heart and soul of some of the greatest music ever composed is the twelve-bar blues progression.
Its unique structure, tone, and character is created through each artist͛s interpretation. Our Three Chord Twelve Bar Reserve was created with those elements in mind. Three Chord tips its hat to the legends who mastered the twelve-bar blues and to those who continue to create.
We do not use water in the blending of Twelve Bar Reserve. In and out of the cask, Twelve Bar Reserve is
the same 107 proof.
Our 12-year-old bourbon is bottled 600 bottles at a time to make sure every drop is perfectly tuned͊
Like great music, sometimes great whiskey also needs collaboration. Three Chord is both a collaboration of talent and a collaboration of
artisan distilling. This whiskey brings together the whiskey making and blending expertise of master distiller Ari Sussman and the creative
genius of Neil Giraldo.
Our process begins by carefully selecting the finest bourbon and rye whiskeys from stocks in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. Once the
blend of spirits is assembled, we apply our proprietary process of pyrolysis Ͷ heating American oak to precise temperatures to release
specific flavor and aroma compounds Ͷ and our proprietary blending process (not to be confused with playing music to the barrels) to
integrate these compounds into the blended spirit. Finally, each small batch blend of Three Chord is evaluated by a trained sensory panel
to ensure an uncommon depth of flavor, aroma, and character in each bottle.
Ari Sussman -Master Distiller
Following years of wine making and distilling in France, Ari was approached by the newly formed Artisan Distilling Program at Michigan
State University to help train the next generation of distillers in the art and science of spirits development. During his years at MSU-ADP,
Ari worked with dozens of students, entrepreneurs, farmers and corporations to bring new spirits to market, often incorporating cutting
edge techniques and processes.
Ari has worked closely with architects and zoning officials to build 15 new distilleries from the east coast to Detroit to California. In 2013,
Ari founded the only distillery in his home town of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Within its first year, Ann Arbor Distilling Company won several
accolades and awards. Ari has consulted on Whiskey Advocate͛s Distillers of the year and Craft Spirit of the Year awards. His well-
diversified distilling skills have also earned major accolades in the Vodka and Gin categories as well. He has worked on projects that have
earned the Best Vodka in the World Award in London and a Top Ten Spirits 2015 in Wine and Spirits Magazine.
Neil Giraldo - CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
A songwriter with a back catalog of more than 100 Neil is a professional musician, producer, and film composer with over four decades of experience. songs and more than 45 million records sold, he has worked with some of the greatest artists in the music industry, including Rick Derringer, Pat Benatar, John Waite, Kenny Loggins, Steve Forbert, The Del Lords, and Beth Hart. His work has produced many Grammy-nominated and Grammywinning hits, and he holds the distinction of being the first guitar player appearing on MTV. Today, he continues to expand his creative portfolio: in addition to writing new songs for stage and screen, he is writing screenplays for feature films, touring, and reaching out into the community to work with musicians young and old. One night as I was sipping bourbon with friends, the conversation naturally affect a bourbon. Could sound impact the complexity and character of a turned to music. Sound. Vibrations. We began to wonder how that might fine spirit? What did we know about bourbon? Well, we knew we loved it. We heard know if we could develop an innovative process using rhythmic disruption that 60 plus percent of the bourbons flavor came from wood aging. Did we that would create a distinctive taste profile? Maybe. We didn't know if we could but we BELIEVED we could and so we set out to do just that
MASH BILL: 84% corn, 8% rye and 8% malted barley. We are considered a medium-high rye bourbon.
APPEARANCE: Clear and rich. Burnt or brown sherry color.
AROMA: Hints of caramel and vanilla.
TASTE: Our signature bourbon is chewy and complex. It has an abundance of vanilla, clove, charred oak
and a sweet honey character that hangs in the background.
FINISH: Long and lingering with a charred oak character. Add a few drops of room temperature water and
experience a strong peppercorn character.