Everyone is talking about it, but what is Bundtucky?

TOP DROP: Waterview Distilling Company's master distiller Rick Prosser is proud of Bundtucky, their newly released bourbon. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
TOP DROP: Waterview Distilling Company's master distiller Rick Prosser is proud of Bundtucky, their newly released bourbon. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

BORN in Kentucky and raised in Bundaberg, Waterview Distilling Company's latest bourbon has a dual citizenship and a unique taste to match.

The company's founder Matthew Drane said he travelled to Kentucky to conduct product development there while proper licences were being issued for the company, when the idea for Bundtucky was born.

"Bundtucky is a bourbon that was made in America and aged in Australia," he said.

"The blend is the first American-made, Australian-aged bourbon."

Mr Drane said the company had to prove it could make the bourbon yet maintain its origin status when it was brought to Bundaberg.

For bourbon to be bourbon it must be made in America and distilled from grains made up of at least 51% corn.

"Ageing it in Bundaberg gives it a different profile," he said.

"It's part of the family but there's that subtle difference tropical ageing brings.

"Right now all the bourbon barrels in Kentucky would be covered in snow."

Bundtucky was released last week and is part of the company's experimental series.

As such, there will only be a few hundred bottles produced each with their own batch numbers.

"So we may get someone who says they had batch three and it was really sweet and they want more of that," Mr Drane said

"We then look to see if we dial up certain barrel blends or reduce certain components."

Mr Drane said the climate, blending, aging process, installation and of course the skill and experience of its distillers, all combined to give the bourbon its unique taste.

"When aging if you put products up high, close to the ceiling, you will get a rich deeper colour and flavour," he said.

"If you put it lower to the ground you get a more mellow flavour.

"It is a bit like a getting together a recipe."

Bundtucky is available at the Waterview Distillery site at East Bundaberg or online at

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