Distillery: Green River
Nose: Allspice, Burnt Toast, Caramel, Cedar, Cinnamon, Corn, Ethanol, Floral, Grassy – Tea / Musty Straw, Honey, Light Oak, Orange Peel, Peach, Vanilla.
Taste: Silky/Thin mouthfeel. Brown Sugar, Caramel, Floral, Honey, Peach, Yeasty Shortbread, Green Tobacco, Frosted Flakes, Green Tea, Artificial Vanilla, Wet Oak.
Finish: Short Length. Cinnamon, wet oak, and floral honey are the most present notes on every sip I’ve taken. Lightly fading into green tobacco (if you’ve never worked in tobacco before, you won’t get it, if you have, you’ll understand this note), clove, stone-fruit, tea, before fading away with warm tannins, and vanilla.
Not much to the finish. The tannins are a nice touch, but I wish more stone-fruit or spice would stick around longer, but the wheat grain presence overpowers quite a bit.
Overall: Not a super complex pour at all. I do not believe it is intended to be so. For $35, it’s a good daily wheater if you want to shake things up a bit.
It has a touch of astringency at first, but does soften up after a few sips, showing lighter oak, vanilla, and caramel notes.
It has a strong yeast, floral, and wet oak profile that I think will put some people off, but also is reminiscent of a lot of 80 proof entry level bourbons.
I would like to see this with more age on it. This is an average of 5yr bourbon, which shows with the grain components on the palate. If this were to be a 6-8 or solid 7 year blend, I think it would add to some depth. Good pricing for what it is, but I’m a much bigger fan of the Rye Bourbon.
Value Rating: 7/10
Total Score: 6.15/10