Our Process

How We Create our “Perfectly Tuned Taste” Profile

The Three Chord team of expert blenders, coopers and sensory professionals have developed a multi-step process we call “Perfectly Tuned Taste.” Our process begins by carefully selecting the finest bourbon and rye whiskeys from stocks in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. Once the blend of spirits is assembled, we apply our proprietary process of pyrolysis — heating American oak to precise temperatures to release specific flavor and aroma compounds — and our proprietary blending process (not to be confused with playing music to the barrels) to integrate these compounds into the blended spirit.
Three Chord sources high quality and rare whiskies from the top distilleries in Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and Indiana for use in blends, single-source bottling, and special releases. By using carefully selected barrels and combining unique flavor profiles, Three Chord creates an expression that is greater than the sum of its parts. Three Chord whiskies are aged in heavy toast 4 char #1 barrels, French and American oak “hybrid” char #3 barrels, barrels imported from Cognac (not charred), and barrels from Spain, (not charred). After blending, they are returned to the barrels a second time, then bottled in Chelsea, Michigan.
Finally, each small batch blend of Three Chord is evaluated by a trained sensory panel to ensure an uncommon depth of flavor, aroma, and character in each bottle.

Our Whiskeymaker

Our Whiskeymaker, Ari Sussman, has years of experience and worked with our team to create this unique blended bourbon. He started with 3 years of winemaking in France, then years heading up an Artisan Distilling Program. He’s worked with 15 new distilleries across the nation and has won several awards for his new creations including a “Top Ten Spirits” award in Wine and Spirits Magazine, and now, most recently, 94 points for our Twelve Bar Reserve in the 2020 summer issue of the Whiskey Advocate!

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