Treaty Oak Ghost Hill Texas Bourbon Review
A young but flavorful bourbon with plenty of promise.
Distillery: Treaty Oak Distilling
Proof: 95 proof
Age: 2 years
Per Treaty Oak website:
"Named after our 28-acre ranch home in Dripping Springs, Texas, Ghost Hill Bourbon is a unique whiskey made with local heirloom grains from Barton Springs Mill. A genuine grain to glass bourbon, it is mashed, fermented, distilled, barreled, aged 2 years and bottled on-site at our Treaty Oak Distillery. Ghost Hill is a Bourbon born of years of purposeful experimentation."
Light amber/gold with decent legs.
The first thing that pops out is that familiar note I can only describe as grain alcohol that is pretty common in younger whiskeys. It's not bad, but it sets expectations for the same flavor on the palate. Beyond that, I find cherry, tobacco and even the aroma of corn, which is not something I find often. Overall, it's a unique nose that isn't similar to anything else I've tried.
The grain alcohol characteristic does carry over from the nose, but it is quickly replaced with a bouquet of tasty flavors. The mouthfeel here is interesting. It starts thin but quickly builds on itself and gets bolder and more intense as time passes. It's as if some of the flavors are on a time delay, which gives it a really enjoyable effect on each sip. The grain morphs into tobacco and is followed by sweeter fruit notes and even a bit of honey. The flavors get sweeter as they go and you can definitely tell this is a "wheater".
This is a medium finish, but this whiskey absolutely packs more heat than you'd expect at 95 proof. It's not overly hot at all, but it has plenty of spice and can linger on and on. The finish carries forward with tobacco and brings a little oak to the party.
This is a two year old, wheated bourbon with a 57% corn, 32% wheat and 11% barley mash bill. While it can't hide it's youth with that grain alcohol note, it has developed the flavors of older bourbons as well. Those characteristics do a great job of minimizing the grain. I'm interested to follow this brand and see if they release a version with a little more age in the coming years. As is, even at just two years old, the unique mouthfeel and the way the flavors present themselves make this a whiskey worth trying. Add one to your home bar, or at least try this at your local watering hole.
This sample was provided at no cost courtesy of Treaty Oak Distilling
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.