Sampling whiskey and bourbon expressions from a reverse Oregon Trail Whiskey Tour, from the West Coast to Kentucky, with a quick stop in Canada.
I did not come up with the tasting lineup order from Gordon’s DTX’s Whisky Wednesday, butI really appreciated its symbolism.
The brands consisted of American whisky samples from west to east, with a hook north into Canada before plunging south into Kentucky. A sort of reverse Oregon Trail Whiskey Tour, if you will.
Cleverly arranged, to be sure.
Some new expressions, some repeats
The rest were new to me which made for a nice discovery of whiskey. On to it, then!
North American Whiskey & Bourbon
Hosted by Gordon’s DTX, May 22, 2019
Breckinridge Straight Bourbon
- Nose: caramel corn, light baking spices, very light citrus
- Taste: soft entry, light body, sweet caramel corn, then baking spices slowly rise a dryness
- Finish: long finish of cinnamon sugar, some astringent dryness
- Comments: very approachable
Bainbridge Battle Point Organic Whiskey
- Nose: butter toffee, brown sugar
- Taste: starts sweet, but leather enters, toasted grains and herbs
- Finish: doesn’t linger, brown sugar coats the tongue
- Comments: nose different from taste, interesting flavor that veers away from what I expected from the nose
Stranahan’s Single Malt Whiskey
- Nose: ferns, lime, forest after a rain, barbecue sauce
- Taste: barbecue sauce, brown sugar candy, black pepper
- Finish: long finish with black pepper, brown sugar cinnamon
- Comments: great nose, great flavor; really caught me off guard, unique
Westland American Oak
- Nose: evergreens, brown sugar, cedar shavings
- Taste: cedar, cinnamon, pine
- Finish: lingers on pine and caramel
- Comments: consistent quality for me, tastes like it’s from Seattle (evergreen)
Gooderham & Wort Four Grain
- Nose: light nose, rye dominant, caraway
- Taste: rye, brown sugar, cinnamon red hots
- Finish: doesn’t linger, spice donates, sweetness fills in
- Comments: spicy and sweet, nicely balanced
Pinhook Straight Bourbon Whiskey
- Nose: corn sugar all the way
- Taste: starts soft then rises quickly into cinnamon spice and white pepper
- Finish: lemon peel peeks out at the end
- Comments: alcohol really takes over; with water, lemon, cloves, ends with menthol..much better
This west-to-east lineup of whiskey and bourbon was fun to sample, and all offered something a little different. I encourage you to take the tour yourself!
Slainté! L’chaim! Cheers!
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Whiskey can be found all over the world, and it has such a rich and diverse array of flavor profiles and distinct characteristics from which to choose. Here's where you can find a whiskey or bourbon I've reviewed from America. Cheers!