Only 4 months old, Henebery Whiskey is new to the market. Locally made (the company is based in San Diego and distills their whiskey at Greenbar Distillery in downtown LA), Henebery was founded by Jesse Fanning who’s wife’s great, great, great grandfather was Matthew Henebery.
Henebery, who was from Illinois, used to rectify whiskey in 1851. In honor of him, Jesse named Henebery after him and continues the legacy, not only through the name, but also with the same imagery on the label.
Jesse started working on Henebery four years ago. The goal was to respect and enhance the mouthfeel, color and finish of whiskey. They have created a product that is 95% rye and 5% barley and use a completely organic process. They wanted to make something that was true to whiskey but enhanced the natural elements. To do this, they have developed a patent-pending infusion process. The key is to infuse the ingredients in the right order so that they are balanced and enhance each other, without overpowering.
This 90 proof whiskey starts at 160.7 proof and is burned down through the infusions. With notes of cardamon, orange peel, vanilla and allspice, it is a whiskey that makes it easy for bartenders to work with.
At a recent event at Neat Bar in Glendale to introduce Henebery, bartender Will Cutting explained that it “has a totally complex nose that is spicy and fruity and you expect a spicy body. But, it is silky and smooth on the palate.”
We tried three different drinks, in true Neat Fashion – with the spirit served alongside the mixer.
Henebery Herb & Spice (Henebery Celebrated Rye paired with Rosemary, Cardamom, Grade B Maple, Ginger, Lemon Juice and Mineral Water)
Henebery 2nd Date (Henebery Celebrated Rye paired with Demerara Date Syrup, Orange Juice, Lemon Juice, Mineral Water)
Henebery Old Fashioned (2oz Henebery Celebrated Rye, Angostura Bitters, Sugar, Lemon Peel)
“Dare maxima vitus” is printed on the label, which means “giving is the greatest virtue”. Living up to this mantra, Henebery is focused on giving back to the community and as they introduce their new product to the market, they are doing so through their participation in charitable events.