Whiskey Review: Benjamin Chapman 4-Year Corn Whiskey – The Whiskey Wash

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by 3 Badge Beverage Corporateion. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the buy link towards the bottom of this review our site receives a small referral payment which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs.

In July of this year we wrote about the latest release from Sonoma, California’s, 3 Badge Beverage Corporation: Benjamin Chapman 4-Year Corn Whiskey. In 2020, 3 Badge had released a 7-year Whiskey, which we reviewed.

Unlike the 7-year, which hails from Canada, the 4-year is American-made. Although the brand doesn’t specify where in the U.S. it’s sourced and produced, it cites Kentucky limestone in its pedigree, which “imparts important minerals and acts as a unique filter for the base.” After it’s distilled, the 4-year is placed in oak barrels that have been previously used to age bourbon—but for just two years. The entirety of this liquid is then aged for four years. The mash bill is 80% corn, 11% rye, and 9% malt.

So, ok. This whiskey could come from anywhere from sea to shining sea, but let’s talk about appearances. This is a bottle that’s made for Mad Men, honestly; it’s pleasingly squared and solid and the cork comes off with a pop champagne bottles would envy.

“The label’s subtle textured lines conjure the fashionable tweed suits of the early 1960s, while the gold foil motif represents the traditional gold cuff links and men’s jewelry often worn in that era. An intricate diamond pattern lays vertically over a rich ruby red, recalling a silk tie motif popular in Benjamin Chapman’s day,” claims a release.

And who was Benjamin Chapman? No one knows. He’s an international man of mystery. Part of the cognoscenti. (I’m pretty sure that’s the only time I’ve used that word in a review…or perhaps ever.) Could he be a shadowy marketing promise conjured in an ad agency’s lab? The product a brand name generator spit out? Again: No one knows.

While I am intrigued by (and a little attracted to) the spiffy fellow this branding tale conjures up, I wonder about the whiskey. My colleague gave the 7-year a shrug, but would the 4-year break out?

Benjamin Chapman 4-Year Corn Whiskey (image via Carin Moonin)

Tasting Notes: Benjamin Chapman 4-Year Corn Whiskey

Vital Stats: Mash bill of 80% corn, 11% rye, and 9% malt; about $36; sourced and produced in the U.S. using Kentucky limestone water; aged four years in oak.

Appearance: It’s light. Like, extremely light. Like a white corn tortilla that’s been barely toasted. Like a marshmallow that evaluates the fire and then retreats.

Nose: It does smell lovely, though. It’s sweet, I’m guessing from the high corn ratio in the mash bill, but it doesn’t smell …….


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