To us, it means crafting something extraordinary, from the soil to the bottle — not because we have to, but because of an undeniable passion to do so. It’s what our family has been known for since 1946. Our bourbon is part of who we are, not just something we slap a label on. Every bottle has our name on it. The result? Incredible bourbon whiskey that is a reward unto itself. From the first sip, you will notice the difference.
Every bottle of J. Henry & Sons bourbon, is made in small batches, slow-aged a minimum of five years, in large barrels in a rustic barn on the Henry farmstead.The uncontrolled temperature in this historic barn allows the wild Wisconsin weather swings to work magic between the bourbon and the barrels.
The result is a pure Wisconsin craft bourbon releasing aromas of sweet corn, caramel pudding, toffee, creamy vanilla, dark cocoa, cinnamon, coconut shavings and Jamaican allspice, to be sipped and savored. Reward yourself and enjoy our family’s new crafted bourbon and celebrate the fruits of your labor with ours.
It all began with growing superior corn, wheat & rye on Henry Farms. When we decided to produce bourbon, we specially selected an heirloom, red corn developed at the University of Wisconsin in 1939, which makes J. Henry & Sons Bourbon so unique. Our bourbon is a natural extension of what we already do, and it’s our privilege to offer bourbon whiskey made with our exacting production standards from these high-quality ingredients grown right here on our farm.
But this almost wasn’t the case. Many years back, our farm was struggling, like so many farms, during the farm crisis of the 1980s. Joe Henry, was faced with a decision: walk away from the farm he loved and grew up on because it could not sustain itself, or find a way to turn it around —Joe chose to save his family farm.
It took Joe and Liz several years to turn the farm around. To do so, Joe worked part-time for himself and part-time for other seed corn producers. It took a lot of hard work and sleepless nights to get there, but the reward — a successful farm that would carry on the family’s legacy — made it all worth while. In a way, this makes J. Henry & Sons Bourbon a celebration — a gift that all can enjoy because of the dedication Joe, his family and his team made to save Henry Farms.
Speaking of our farm, it’s located in Dane, Wis., about 20 miles north of Madison. Where we’ve been raising the heritage red corn, rye and wheat used in our premium bourbon since 1946.
We don’t mind getting our hands dirty, it’s all a part of the bourbon-making process on our farm — from growing the seeds, to harvesting, to the actual creation of our straight bourbon that’s aged for a minimum of five years to attain that warm amber color and smooth, mellow flavor. Our barrels rest in a warehouse that is not temperature controlled — so they endure the wild, Wisconsin weather swings, sometimes 100 degrees in one year, that squeeze extra flavor out of the charred oak. Creating a great bourbon requires time and patience and the Henry’s have made that investment without compromise.
From tasting tours at Henry Farms, to enjoying our bourbon whiskey in your own home, we hope you will include J. Henry & Sons when you take the time to reward yourself.