Woodinville Straight Bourbon
Brown sugar, vanilla, herbal, spice and an overall candy sweetness with a bit of raw wood / saw dust, banana and nuts.
Tropical fruit, brown sugar, spice, vanilla, herbal, raw wood and a light bit of nuts.
Medium -> Oak, caramel and vanilla.
BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Ok balance, medium body and a light feel.
I can see the promise that LVMH sees in the Woodinville Straight Bourbon. I don’t think it’s there yet, it currently smells and tastes like a decent, young craft bourbon with layers of spices and sweets getting a bit tamped down by a dose of that “craft” oak profile that smells and tastes a bit like sawdust that often is a result of using small barrels.
Taking a look at their site they have used 8-gallon and 53-gallon barrels for sale which is interesting because they claim to only use the 53-gallon ones for these releases. So what bourbon release do they use the 8-gallon on? It’s an odd disconnect there. Now, if they’re not using any 8-gallon barrels in these releases and it’s all 53-gallon and aged for 5-6 years per the claim then it might be tasting not-quite-fully-matured due to the cooler temperature of Washington vs Kentucky.
If the barrels don’t expand and contract as much as they do in Kentucky, due to KY’s wild yearly temperature swings from the long hot summers to cold winters, then Woodinville might need to age even longer to mature out that “raw wood” aroma and flavor. Regardless, if this is where they’re starting I can’t wait to see where they go over the next couple of years.
SCORE: 80-82/100 (B-, not consumed at home)
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