J.H. Cutter represents the finest tradition of A.P. Hotaling’s heritage of blending and bottling the finest American Whiskies worthy of the Hotaling name. The J.H. Cutter name and bottle are inspired by the original J.H. Cutter Whisky, which was a product offered by A.P. Hotaling & Co. in the mid to late 1800s. Anson P. Hotaling arrived in San Francisco during the California Gold Rush, but like the vast majority, failed to make his fortune as a gold miner. After working for a local liquor merchant, Hotaling found his true calling and opened his San Francisco wholesaler liquor business in 1865, under the name “A.P. Hotaling & Co.” A.P. Hotaling was the largest liquor wholesaler on the West Coast in the late 1800s, and the Hotaling warehouse in San Francisco famously survived the earthquake and fires in 1906. J.H. Cutter Whisky was one of Hotaling’s flagship brands and was a blend of some of the finest whiskies from the best producers in Kentucky and other parts of the United States. Today’s J.H. Cutter blend brings together three whiskies to achieve maximum complexity and includes 73% sourced bourbon from Kentucky, 17% Old Potrero 18th Century Style Rye Whiskey, and 10% Old Potrero Port Finish Rye Whiskey. Inspired by the original packaging, today’s bottle is amber with an A.P. Hotaling & Co. emboss, replica topper and an antique silver-colored capsule. 48% ABV.
Class A Blends: The 'Class A' Blend term was used in the years after Prohibition. It came about due to when well-aged whisky stock was low (much it is like today) and many companies created ‘Class A’ blends that were 100% whiskey, but consisted of a blend of different ages and types of whiskies. To be a 'Class A' Blend no neutral spirits, colors or flavors can be included, making it a pure whiskey offering. J.H. Cutter is a perfect representation of a 'Class A' Blend and as such is a 'Pure American Whiskey'.
94 POINTS, GOLD MEDAL | New York International Spirits Competition 2019
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