Featherbone Bourbon Whiskey Review
A sweet, easy sipper. I'd love this at a higher proof.
Type: Bourbon Whiskey
Distillery: Journeyman Distillery
Proof: 90 proof
This is a wheat-heavy, organic bourbon that uses white corn rather than yellow corn in the mash bill. The mash bill is 70% white corn, 25% wheat and 5% rye. For more information on this bourbon, check the link above.
Light amber with a gold tint.
My first thought is it's very sweet. It's got the sweet characteristics of a typical bourbon, but without some of the bolder notes. I'm getting honeysuckle and a faint fruit bit that most closely matches red grapes. There's another sweet note that brings to mind sugar-free syrup. I don't get any oak at all, so I'm wondering if that will show up on the palate. It's familiar, yet noticeably different from a "standard" bourbon nose.
Before I notice any particular flavors, it's apparent that this is very smooth and extremely drinkable. I'm not sure if it's the wheat or the white corn, but some of the harsher elements present in other bourbons aren't here. I get vanilla and a little honey, followed up by a slight note of rye spice. At the tail end I get caramel and a little more caramelized sugar.
This is a short finish. It's a bit hot at first, but that bite fades quickly. Tobacco makes an appearance before disappearing.
This is a unique bourbon that's very easy to sip. The nose and palate are sweet and inviting, but I'm left wanting a little more. It's a promising recipe, and a good bourbon as is, but I can't help but wonder if a little more time in the barrel or a little additional proof would've made this something exceptional. In its current state, it's a great intro bourbon or a nice change-of-pace bottle for a seasoned whiskey drinker.
This sample was provided at no cost by Journeyman Distillery. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
This is a general guide of what I consider each score range
4.75 - 5.00: Phenomenal. Hard to imagine anything better. Acquire at any cost.
4.25 - 4.50: Excellent. I'll camp out to get a bottle if necessary.
3.75 - 4.00: Great stuff. I'll buy backups if not too expensive.
3.25 - 3.50: Good stuff. Try to keep one on the bar, but don't spend too much.
2.75 - 3.00: Not bad. I don't regret the purchase but may not buy another.
2.25 - 2.50: Sub-par. I regret the purchase. Reserved for mixed drinks.
1.75 - 2.00: Bad. I'll struggle to finish the bottle. May not want it in cocktails.
0.00 - 1.50: Drain-pour. Something seems wrong with it. Get it away.