Joseph Magnus Bourbon
2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition - BEST SPECIAL BARREL-FINISHED BOURBON
2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition - DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL
Joseph A. Magnus was a real life distiller in the 1800s who shuttered his business during prohibition. His great grandson sought to resurrect the family trade, and chose the District as the distillery’s new home; recent DC laws permitting spirit sales on premises make the city an attractive place to produce liquor. The Bourbon is aged eight years, inspired by 100 more. Magnus may be new, but they’re not starting from scratch. Legacy aside, the distillery was put together by a team of industry vets that includes former Woodford Reserve distiller Dave Scheurich, Nancy “The Nose” Fraley—a high-ranking whiskey blender—Richard Wolf of Buffalo Trace, Brett Thompson and former Gin Joint bartender Nicole Hassoun. The crew found bourbon barrels aging in Kentucky, and worked to recreate the flavor of Magnus’ original product through finishing the bourbon in sherry and cognac barrels.