Seems we’re developing quite the relationship with Woodinville Whiskey Co. We recently wrote a follow-up review of their flagship bourbon, in which we emphasized how much we appreciate their commitment to improving their product and seeking out feedback to do so.
Once again, we were offered a chance to try their newest product, a limited release of their first batch of bourbon aged in standard sized barrels. (Their other whiskeys are aged in 8 gallon barrels.) Like the mini-barrel bourbons, this is also 92 proof. Other than that, the difference in products is immediately apparent. This photo might not illustrate it perfectly, but the color of this bourbon is much lighter and more golden than its sibling. Its nose is sweet and pruny, with a slight musty hint. Its flavor is incredibly well balanced. There are hints of apple and vanilla, with a slightly spicy finish. All of the flavors blend together and never fight with each other. This makes the bourbon very smooth throughout. In fact, it’s also our only complaint about the bourbon. At times it can be hard to pick out a distinguishing flavor. We might prefer a stronger individual flavor depending on our mood, but we could see this being a solid option for a wide variety of cocktails for the same reason. We’ll also be drinking it neat from time to time.
*Even though this nightcap was on Woodinville Whiskey’s tab, we will always review products honestly. Contrary to popular belief, free drinks don’t automatically taste better.