Saturday, February 4, 2023

Jackie Zykan and Hidden Barn

Most exciting Bourbon news in a long time!
Jackie Zykan and Hidden Barn are arriving.
When we first heard that Jackie Zykan was leaving Old Forester to become the master blender at Hidden Barn, we started contacting Hidden Barn trying to get their bourbon. Well that day has arrived! Hidden Barn is on its way to The Wine and Cheese Place.

Jackie Zykan was the master taster and blender at Old Forester from 2015 until earlier this year when she left to go to Hidden Barn.  During her time at Old Forester,  she helped quadruple their production.

Hidden Barn is Royce Neeley, Jackie Zykan, Nate Winegar, and Matt Dankner

Jackie Zykan is coming to The Wine and Cheese Place
When: This Friday February 3rd from 4pm-6pm
Open House format - come on by!

The Wine and Cheese Place - Forsyth
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105

Jackie Zykan will be on hand and tasting....

She will be on hand to taste and talk whiskey....

Both batches back in stock now!  Only 18 more bottles

Hidden Barn Small Batch Series 1...$67.99
  • Small Batch Series: 1 
  • Batch #5
  • 106 Proof
  • Batch Size 15 Barrels
  • Age: 4-5 years 
70% Corn, 20% Rye, 10% Malted Barley Neeley Family Distillery, Sparta, KY
Sweet Mash 5 day fermentation time with wildcaught KY yeast 
Distillation: Double pot distilled, collected at 127 proof Maturation: Between 4-5 years Barrel: Level 2 Char made from two-year seasoned American white oak staves 
Barrel Entry Proof: 110 proof Filtration: Sediment filter only 
Tasting Notes: Buttery and honey forward, balanced on the palate with approachable baking spice and candied citrus

In stock now
Hidden Barn Small Batch Series 2...$67.99
Small Batch Series: 2 
  • Batch #1
  • 112 Proof
  • 10 Barrel batch
  • Age: 5-6 years 
  • 60% Corn, 35% Rye, 5% Malted Barley 
M B Roland, Christian County Kentucky 
We opted for a high rye mashbill to showcase the multifaceted contribution this flavorful grain brings to a bourbon recipe. Series Two brings together pot still production and generously high rye mashbill, resulting in a flavorful and complex spirit. Barrels were distilled at M.B. Roland. The mash is fermented for three-four days using Christian County, Kentucky water and industry standard yeast. It is then double pot distilled and collected at 110 proof. The undiluted distillate is then matured in wood-fired Kelvin Cooperage American White Oak barrels. Barrels rest on property, and once matured, are filtered only for sediment before bottling. Located in Pembroke, Kentucky, M.B. Roland was the founding distillery of the Kentucky Bourbon Craft Trail.

We hope to have bottles on sale to sell, but the weather has slowed down the delivery to St. Louis. If they make it on time, she will be able to autograph bottles too!

Read more about Jackie Zykan in Forbes and American Whiskey

"Zykan started out managing the Old Forester single barrel program, but was promoted to master taster based on, of course, her incredible palate." -- Robb Report

Whiskey Superstar! Jackie Zykan
Known for having one of the most respected palates in American Whiskey, Jackie Zykan’s approach to blending looks a lot like her approach to life – focused on balance, structure and celebrating the unique nuances of each blend. A native of St. Louis, and now calling Louisville, Kentucky home, she brings more than 16 years of beverage alcohol industry experience to Hidden Barn.
With degrees in biology and chemistry, and experience in multi-concept beverage directorship, cocktail strategy, category education, product development, and global marketing, her career has taken her to nearly every corner of the industry, giving her both balance and structure that few can match. She’s regarded not only for her technical know-how, but for her personal style of whiskey education, which is relatable and focused.
Most recently, Jackie served as Master Taster for Old Forester where she came to develop her hallmark style of blending and descriptive analysis, while remaining focused on quality, integrity and her signature approachability. For Zykan, it’s not meant to be pretentious – whiskey is meant to be a celebration.

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