Review: John B. Stetson Bourbon

Don’t let the New Jersey office location of Vision Wine & Spirits, the owner of this new whiskey, give you a scare. It’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon, through and through.

Crafted using both rye and wheat in the mashbill (in addition to corn and barley, of course), the whiskey is double distilled in traditional copper pot stills and aged for four years in oak (though no age statement is officially offered). Bottling proof is slightly elevated at 84 proof.

The results are just as dandy as one of Stetson’s namesake hats. On the nose: Some corn, and a bit of vaporous heat. Underneath, sugar, orange peel,and  cherries. There’s also some Irish whiskey-like banana character in the mid-palate, with a corn chip kicker on the finish. Stetson comes across as young Bourbon, but one with a bit of pedigree. Both the rye and wheat character come through, which is quite a delight. It isn’t brash or rough, just still a little wet around the ears. On the whole, it’s enjoyable, but it hasn’t quite come into its own just yet. I’d love to try this at 5 1/2 or 6 years old.

84 proof.

B+ / $27 / stetson.com

john b. stetson bourbon Review: John B. Stetson Bourbon

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4 Responses to Review: John B. Stetson Bourbon

  1. Thanks, little word is out about this one. Just got around to tasting it, and loving it every sip. Despite of its 84 proof, it´s smooth and delightful. I found it to be a rare combination of young, fruity and to a pleasant extend mature with complexity. After first assuming it would at least make for a real eye-charmer in the shelf, conflicts are imminent, as an empty bottle never looks as good…
    Cheers.

  2. A pleasant bourbon, one I would rank amongst ‘starter’ bourbons like Maker’s Mark. It possesses a distinct taste of caramel, is very smooth, and goes down easy; there is almost no ‘burn’ to it, but has a very short after-taste. Echoing the original statement, it would be very interesting to see what this bourbon would be like if aged a bit longer. Otherwise, an excellent choice for sipping and relaxing.

  3. Great write up! I’m hoping I can score a bottle of this at my local retailer before derby weekend. But, I believe the link you provide in the article is bad, here’s the homepage for their bourbon. http://www.stetson.com/bourbon

  4. Thanks, link seems to have been changed recently (looks like someone got a cross-promotion deal with the Stetson hat people…)

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