DISCLAIMER: The Sample for this review was provided by the manufacturer. All ideas and opinions in this post are entirely my own. I do not accept any money for these reviews.
Color: Deep Gold with Pale Amber Highlights
Nose: Vanilla, Corn, Tart Cherry, Citrus, Spice, Cinnamon, and Oak
Taste: Tart Cherry, Corn, Vanilla, Spice, and Oak
Finish: Long Fruit finish with cherry, oak and hints of vanilla
I am starting to tire of eating my words. I stated emphatically that I detested flavored whiskey. I even said that I hated it. So, what do those jokers from Cleveland Whiskey send me? Cherry Flavored bourbon! Didn’t I already do a review on cherry flavored bourbon? The nerve of some people. This guy must have a set of cojones on him. It takes a special kind of person to pull a stunt like that. Fact is, he read my review on the cherry flavored Bourbon and still sent this to me. I couldn’t believe it.
But, I am so glad he did!
When we first heard how Cleveland Bourbon was made, we like a lot of others went “NO WAY!!”. we also thought” We’ll try it”. Tom Lix, the man behind Cleveland Whiskey is turning the bourbon world on its ear by aging whiskey in a fraction of the time. It is put in a barrel for six months, then put into some kind of proprietary pressurization chamber with a barrel that from what I gather has been run through a wood chipper to finish for a week. There is more to it than that, but I’m sure that is a trade secret. It doesn’t matter how he does it, all that matters is the end product. So, without further ado.
The color is exquisite, deep gold with ribbons of pale amber floating through it. The nose has a distinct cherry note that for the first time doesn’t detract from the other aromas. This really pleased the nose and was already better than some straight Bourbons we have smelt. It is a nice balance of cherry, corn, vanilla, spice and oak. The cherry is definitely there but it isn’t overpowering at all.
This is bottled at 94 proof so it is a bit stronger than your typical bourbon. We found that the perfect way to enjoy this is to put the bottle in the freezer overnight. The next day pour 3 ounces into your favorite glass and add 6 ml of water to it. This is how we found we enjoyed it best. Adding ice waters it down to much, adding water is good, but to us it just tastes best cold. The forceful addition of 6 ml of water also helps to open the nose when it is served cold. Without water it is a bit bland on the nose. All in all great flavor of cherry and oak at the forefront followed by the more delicate flavors of corn, vanilla, cinnamon, and spice.
The finish is long and lingering bringing a heavy hit of cherry and oak. Very pleasant. I also found that it packs a decent mule kick at the end. I love a good mule kick. It wasn’t bad enough to close the throat just enough to let you know you were drinking whiskey.
I’d definitely recommend this to the guys that are feeling adventurous. Everyone is different so if you don’t like it the way I do try something different. This is a bottle I wish I had more of. It is flavored naturally using cherry wood, instead of some saccharin imitation flavoring that has no business in whiskey. I applaud you Tom Lix, you have changed my mind. If you have tried Cleveland Whiskey please feel free to comment, if not try it first!
I welcome your thoughts and opinions. Review suggestions are welcome.
Until Next Time,