Pinhooking is a term used to describe the practice of buying young, thoroughbred horses, overseeing their initial development, and then re-selling them as race-ready champions-in-training. The Pinhook brand pays tribute to this practice and the parallels between investing in a horse’s potential and that of a young whiskey. Optimism, patience, and vision are paramount when training a young horse for future victory and aging whiskey until its ready to blossom in-glass.
Every year, Pinhook releases a new batch each of bourbon & rye; the whiskey in any given release is intended to be the best expression of Pinhook’s barrels at that moment in time. Blends and proofs change batch to batch to best highlight that release’s unique attributes and can be thought of, quite appropriately, as a whiskey vintage.
The newly restored Castle & Key Distillery in Frankfort, KY, plays home to Pinhook’s operations. Built in the late 1800s, Castle & Key was the original residence for Old Colonel Taylor. Recently, Pinhook has begun releasing whiskey crafted and distilled by Castle & Key—amongst the first distillates made there since its restoration—and featuring Pinhook’s carefully selected proprietary mash bills for bourbon and rye.