• Seth

Review: Wathen's Single Barrel

Updated: Aug 15, 2019

Yikes. Did I get a tainted bottle?

Type: Bourbon whiskey

Distillery: Sourced,

Proof: 94

Age: Not stated

Price Paid: $39.99

Specific Bottling: Barrel 1094, bottled 02/01/16


Caramel gold.


The alcohol is about the only thing I notice and it's rather unpleasant. The alcohol isn't overpowering, it's just the only easily noticeable scent, and it smells a little more like rubbing alcohol than bourbon. I actually let this one sit for about an hour in open air and came back just so I could get the actual aroma beyond the rubbing alcohol. The second time around, the alcohol is gone and I get a little oak and vanilla. It's not a great nose.


When it first hits your lips, it's like so many other bourbons. Once it goes down though, there's a taste I can't quite describe. It's not a common bourbon taste, but rather tastes like something that's not supposed to be there. I don't know what it is, but it just tastes out of place and it's not at all enjoyable. Beyond that taste there's a little rye spice and the rubbing alcohol is still prevalent. It's hard to find anything that I like about it.


The finish is short to medium. I'm glad it's not longer to be honest.


If you haven't guessed, I did not like this at all. No part of it was enjoyable to me. It was bad enough that I wonder if maybe I got a tainted bottle, but I don't dare buy another to find out. I've had this bottle for about 2 years now and I've gone back to it every 6 months or so just to figure out if it's gotten any better, yet I'm always disappointed. I won't even use it in cocktails because it leaves them with the rubbing alcohol taste. This is 100% a drain pour bottle and I would not recommend it at any price, much less $40.