Bloody Basin Bourbon

What to expect:

This is a true Arizona Bourbon made with 70% Arizona corn. The mash bill is finished with Rye and Barley. It is smooth, slightly sweet with a dark rich finish. Some of the corn types used in our Bloody Basin Bourbon were developed in the American Southwest over 1000 years ago.  Even though the sugar content in these corn varieties is lower than in modern hybrids, there is a significant complexity of flavor in these old strains.

Thumb Butte Distillery’s Bloody Basin Bourbon is a deep, dark, richly flavored bourbon.  We age our bourbon in new #4 charred American oak barrels. Showing hints of vanilla, butter scotch, caramel and rye spice, this top shelf bourbon stands alone in quality.

Our Bloody Basin Bourbon has won two bronze medals this year!

2017 Bronze Medal American Distilling Institute  
2017 Bronze Medal Washington Cup

Come to our Tasting Room and experience this neat, over ice, or in one of our favorite craft cocktails.

Thumb Butte’s Smashed and Bloody
2 ounces Bloody Basin Bourbon
3/4 ounce grenadine
1/2 simple syrup
2 lemons
soda water

Muddle lemon wedges in shaker with grenadine and simple syrup. Add Bloody Basin bourbon and ice and shake. Strain into tumbler over fresh ice and top with soda water.

Why do we call it Bloody Basin Bourbon?!
Just southeast of Prescott off Interstate HWY 17 lies Bloody Basin. This was the location of a reprisal attack by the military against a band of Tonto Apaches.

In March of 1873 this band of Tonto Apaches attacked and killed a party of three settlers. This attack by the Tonto spurred a strong reprisal by Captain George Randall who was under the general command of General George Crook.

They located the Tonto Apaches at Turret Peak, a Yavapai stronghold. Randall and a group of soldiers and scouts crept up Turret Peak at midnight, and at dawn they attacked. The Apaches were taken by surprise and many jumped to their death off the precipice. The rest were killed or surrendered. The number of Apaches killed varies by account from 26 to 57. After this incident the Apache resistance quickly dissipated and most of the Tonto band was resettled to the San Carlos Reservation, not to return for many years.

We hope that our Bloody Basin Bourbon inspires you to take an interest in the history of our region and the West as a whole. You will find it fascinating, and we will help you through any sinking spells. Take a pull from your Thumb Butte Flask, read the history, and try to accept the shared fault, ambiguity and guile from all players.

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