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Wathen's Single Barrel Bourbon Review

Updated: Aug 23, 2021

Were you on the fence about picking this Wathen’s Single Barrel?

I’m going for this one tonight as it’s the only thing new I have on hand after a busy weekend of projects!


Company on Label: Charles Medley

Whiskey Type: Bourbon

Mash Bill Percentages: 77% Corn, 10% Rye, 13% Barley

Proof: 94°

Age: NAS

Further identification: This is a sourced bourbon from an unknown/undisclosed distillery


Nose: Medicinal cherry to start. Brass metallics like a spent 30-06 cartridge. This nose feels like a story from a wise grandfather. A slightly shiny caramel is there, but it doesn't really care how you feel about it. Synthetic vanilla and some light herbal spices. Dusty oak and a hint of citrus. This richness of the caramel is enhanced after a sip. Near the bottom of the glass a lemon zest is brooding. Empty glass smells like a Four Rose's Small Batch Select.

Palate: Syrupy medicinal cherry again is forefront. It is followed by herbal oak and a wave of spiced vanilla. It almost has a winter drink feel to it, like a marshmallow-laden hot chocolate with some nutmeg sprinkled on top. The mouth feel is fairly nice and the flavor profile is very direct and unwavering. At the bottom of the glass the flavors are bordering on sweetness but really stay tied into that metallic and medicinal feel. Relatively simple in complexity, but a really unique pour I've enjoyed enough to give a 2nd bottle a go!


Rating: 3/5

Update after having another pour after this opened up a bit: This tastes a lot like a Beam product to me...


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