Specialty Bourbon Whiskey

What is Cartel Bourbon Whiskey

While the exact history of bourbon gets debated continuously, one thing that all bourbon connoisseurs can agree on is that bourbon is rooted in American history. During the Revolutionary War, the supply of sugar was low, therefore, so was the production of rum. Union men had to make a spirit with the grains around them. The most abundant of these grains was corn and that is how American Corn Whiskey was created. On the Ohio River Valley, specifically in Kentucky, many were experimenting with whisky and the idea of aging bourbon whiskey in charred barrels was brought in by two immigrants from south Cognac France. The first person to make bourbon has never been agreed on but from 1807 until 1821 when Stout and Adams officially penned their new spirit as bourbon, people all over ‘Bourbon County’, Kentucky were producing their versions of bourbon. After 1821, distilleries and brands all over Kentucky were taking their sour mash recipes or aged corn whiskey’s and labeling them as the newly-penned bourbon. Over time, bourbon grew in popularity and developed requirements for production. In 1964, bourbon was officially named America’s native spirit by Congress.

Bourbon whiskey is one of the more complex and sophisticated spirits on the market as it has strict requirements that need to be met for it to be considered bourbon whiskey. Bourbon production starts with a sour mash that must be at least 51% corn after distillation and bourbon must be aged for at least two years in a new American white oak charred barrel. The proof of bourbon must be 125 or less when put into the barrel and has to be at least 80 proof once bottled. Bourbon can not be higher than 125 proof and the only thing that can be added to bourbon at bottling is water. Lastly, bourbon must be made in America to be considered bourbon whiskey. While the process is extensive and precise, the result of a perfectly crafted bourbon is well worth the venture.

About Palizzi

Palizzi has roots going back for over a decade but recently we have been distilling very unique Bourbon Whiskey spirits. After years of perfecting these recipes in secret, we finally have a small batch of our products coming out so everyone can try our distinctive bourbon whiskey. The Whiskey Cartel is a tight knit group of individuals who have kept this brand out of the public eye until now.

Our friends and fellow Cartel members who love and have made great memories while drinking our bourbon whiskey have asked us to release the bourbon to the world with their help. After many nights of reflecting, we realized there are so many people with similar taste who desire to be included in the sharing of this great spirit. Hence The Whiskey Cartel was born. This is our Cartel to run how we want it, with recipes made in late night meetings and hidden away in secret. To be a part of the Cartel is to be family and to embark on a thrilling journey. Join the movement. Join the Cartel.

The Whiskey Cartel History

Back in 2010, I (John Palizzi) met an aged man when helping him move. He was tough as leather and brilliant. After loading most of his belongings he asked me a question.

“Do you like Whiskey son?” I immediately replied, “Love it Sir.” So he put everything down and said “Let’s go for a ride.” We jumped in his old pickup truck, where he brought me to an old cave on his land. This is where he gave me a taste of bourbon whiskey he had been making since the 1940’s. He proceeded to show me his recipe and the little nuances of making this delicious treat. He gave me his recipe and showed me how to get to the heart of the bourbon whiskey and get rid of the head and tails of his special blend.

Six months later this craftsman died of cancer, but his recipe still lives on. I have not changed a single thing and it is distilled and aged the same way he did it. Just before it is ready to bottle, we use natural fruit to infuse our bourbon whiskey to make some great whiskeys and then we wait some more. Please come and enjoy a whiskey bourbon recipe that has decades of history. The Whiskey Cartel is committed to carrying on this decade’s old tradition.



Meet The Whiskey Cartel


For decades, our passion and love for unique spirits has suggested we were like a Whiskey Cartel. Shrouded in secrecy when we tried new recipes, not willing to share with others and working in the cover of darkness. If we were self proclaimed The Whiskey Cartel or our family and friends declared us as such, it wasn’t until years later we realized everyone was actually in our Whiskey Cartel. Some of us as the original Whiskey Cartel declared we wanted everyone to JOIN THE MOVEMENT AND JOIN OUR WHISKEY CARTEL.

Since then, it has grown from our original Whiskey Cartel to the Westernized Whiskey Cartel to today’s modern and contemporary believers and followers.

We welcome everyone to join the cartel… The Whiskey Cartel. Enjoy our brands and flavors with friends and family and make a point to cross over and connect with those outside your cartel and imbibe to enjoy together the same love for bourbon whiskey.


From the roots of the Western United States to specifically the Rocky Mountains, our Whiskey Cartel has evolved to a more rugged western cartel of sorts. With the love for the mountains and western living, we encourage all those who love bourbon whiskey and flavored bourbon whiskey to join our western cartel and be part of the movement. That movement is to bond together over the great tastes of bourbon whiskey and infused notes of fruits and enjoy the new friends around you. We enjoy our western culture and enjoy all of those who have joined our western cartel and look forward to meeting our new friends.


It goes without saying the fastest growing demographic of our bourbon whiskey cartel is the modern, discerning, experimental and contemporary bourbon whiskey drinkers that share our passion. The West has seen this group enjoy the brown colored spirits more than ever. Our Contemporary Cartel knows what they want, throws caution to the wind and enjoys everything new. Like others before you, it’s time to join the movement and join The Whiskey Cartel… The Contemporary Cartel. Our newest friends care about good products and great brands and we welcome them to the Contemporary Cartel. Our contemporary friends drink it neat and make the craziest and best strawberry and banana infused cocktails. Thank you for your patronage.