06 May

Color: Dark Copper
Nose: Sweet Corn, Spice, Vanilla, Anise, and Caramel
Taste: Corn, Charred Oak, Something Herbal, with hints of citrus and a bit of warmth.
Finish: Long Herbal finish with spice and heat
Rick- 6.25/10.0
Sam- 8.25/10.0
Overall- 7.25/10.0
Rick and I were split on this one. I thought it was decent. He didn’t care for it much. It’s different, probably from the Minnesota Oak that it is aged in. It has an almost herbal gin undertone to it that just kind of throws it off. I wouldn’t turn down a glass if offered, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase it either.

The color was a surprise, it has the look of a well aged bourbon. I was kind of excited when I looked at it. I like dark Bourbons, they seem to have better flavor.

The nose was really good on this, the kind of nose you would expect from a good bourbon. The herbal notes were there, but more of a background note. undetectable until after the first sip. Then it becomes more noticeable.

The first taste starts out really good, sweet corn and charred oak seem to push to the front. Then the herbal note makes its entrance completely surprising the taste buds. It wasn’t expected. I like to go blind into tastings. I don’t read reviews or research, because I don’t want other opinions to sway me. I Think , that if I had been ready for the herbal note I would have liked it more. It was just so different from what I am used to that it detracted from the bourbon. Not a bad flavor by any means, just out of my comfort zone. Ice mellows the herbal note out some making it better to me.
The finish has a strong Herbal note that seems to stick around. It’s almost like Gin. I’m not a big fan of gin, it’s just one of those things that I can say I tried.

If you like gin, or just wanting to try something different. go for it. It is definitely a new experience. I wouldn’t turn it down, I’d just ask for ice. THis is my last FEW review for now. I did try their Gin and Single Malt, but I didn’t care for them so I am going to leave it at this. Thanks to the folks at FEW Spirits for providing the samples for these reviews. I hope we can work together again in the future.

I welcome your thoughts and opinions. Review suggestions are welcome.

Until Next Time,

Slàinte Mhath!


Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Bourbon, Reviews, whiskey


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  1. H.W. MacNaughton

    May 6, 2015 at 3:16 am

    Hey Samuel, is there rye in that bourbon or do you think all the herbal note is from the wood? Anyway, your description reminds me of a whiskey I bought from a Seattle bottler that hunts down single casks. With no mixing you can get some pretty strong — and strange — tastes.


    • samuelstyve

      May 6, 2015 at 3:44 am

      From the reading I’ve done, it comes from the wood. The barrels they use are known for giving the whiskey different character.



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