Mississippi’s Cathead Distillery recently announced the release of a new bourbon created in honor of the late blues musician Captain Luke Mayer.
The new 2022 limited release of Tintype Old Soul Bourbon, Series 1, according to those behind it, is distilled in Indiana with a high-rye mash bill of 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4% malted barley and is aged on-site at the Jackson, Mississippi-based distillery. Aged seven years and bottled at 123.3 proof, this bottle is said to be “a testament to what Southern heat and humidity can do for whiskey maturation.”
“A true marquee product for us, Tintype Old Soul Bourbon exists at the intersection of everything Cathead stands for: community, live music, and quality distilling,” said Richard Patrick, Co-Founder of Cathead Distillery, in a prepared statement. “The 2022 release of the Capt. Luke bottle is a special one, exhibiting as much soul and character as the legend it celebrates.”
As with a previous release last year, the bottle features tintype photography of Mayer by Timothy Duffy, founder of the Music Maker Foundation (MMF) and longtime photographer for traditional artists in the South. MMF is a non-profit organization with a mission to help the true pioneers and unsung heroes of Southern music regain recognition and meet their day-to-day needs. They’re a long-time partner of Cathead’s and align with the distillery’s philanthropic efforts to support live music.
“In its singular excellence and depth of character, this bourbon honors the legacy of my dear friend Captain Luke and his music.” added Timothy Duffy, Co-Founder of the Music Maker Foundation.
Captain Luke was a consummate entertainer who carried on a longtime friendship with Music Maker’s first partner artist and inspiration for its founding, Guitar Gabriel, whose country-blues playing was a perfect match for Captain Luke’s singing style. His voice was miraculous — a profoundly deep bass that never failed to amaze listeners. Duffy says Captain Luke had a “voice like honey dripping on hot chocolate.”
Tintype Old Soul Bourbon is a limited-edition release at just 1,200 cases produced that has official tasting notes of “cherry and vanilla, and rich undertones of maple syrup and nuttiness. A gentle entry of sweet vanilla leads into undertones of hazelnut, leather, and pepper mid-palate and finish with notes of lingering spicy dark chocolate unfettered from the casks’ maturation journey in Mississippi.”
Tintype Old Soul Bourbon, Series 1, priced around $100, is available for purchase at select retailers in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.