The inspiration for GW Bourbon – comes from a much-quoted section of a speech delivered by Theodore Roosevelt at Sorbonne, in Paris France in 1909.  Gordon W. Ommen, 2nd great grandson of Poppe J, had this quote framed.  It has hung on his wall since college.

It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, if he wins, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

In developing BlackFork Farms GW Bourbon, is seems appropriate to dare greatness.

We are on a journey to create the worlds finest bourbon.  A Journey involving the confluence of grain, time, and wood.

This Journey involves both art and science.  We honor tradition yet embrace technology. The Art of checking the “nose” and taste of the whiskey as it flows from the towering copper condensers of our custom handmade pot stills, and the Science of our state-of-the art Programable Logic Controller (PLC), which precisely manages temperatures and flow rates throughout the distillery.  We use Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) technology to map the spirits profile.

Some may question, can the BlackFork Farms Team of Artisans create the worlds finest bourbon?

We dare to try.

GW is a triple-cask   –  Bottled in Italian Crystal  –  Jacketed in Sheridan Style Hand-Tooled Leather.

Straight Bourbon Whiskey bottled at 46.5% Alcohol by Volume.


First release fall 2024.  $100.00 fully refundable deposit to reserve.

Exclusively at The Bourbon Shop & Deadwood Store