Review: Burnside Double Barrel Bourbon

burnside_double_barrel_bourbonThis brand new whiskey hails from Eastside Distilling in Portland, Oregon, and the two barrels in question are a traditional new oak barrel, followed by a second turn for 60 days in a new heavy-char barrel made from Oregon oak. Essentially, its Eastside’s 4 year old Burnside Bourbon (mashbill: 75% corn, 10% rye, 15% malted barley) with a burlier finish applied.

Delightful nose. There’s cherry and gingerbread here, a perfect amount of fruity sweetness to lead you in for a sip. And my, what fun is in store once you tuck in. Again you get cherry and gingerbread spices, with a kind of toffee spin to it. It’s high-proof and heady, and a cinnamon kick develops the more you sip and savor it. The body is spot on and the finish is long, clean, and satisfying.

What you don’t get is any sense of hoary, over-oaked, charred tannins. Everything in this whiskey is working together in near-perfect balance, and it stands as proof that you don’t need exotic wine barrels or a decade-plus under oak to create a truly masterful spirit. Great value here.

96 proof. Reviewed batch #1, bottle #417. Exclusively sold at Eastside’s tasting room.

A / $44 / eastsidedistilling.com

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5 Responses

  1. Austin March 22, 2013 / 4:23 am

    Great to see Eastside on here…I’m a big fan of these guys.

    I’d love to hear what you think of the rest of their line…you know they have a ginger rum right?

  2. Christopher Null March 22, 2013 / 7:57 am

    So far this is all we’ve covered of their line. Will drop them a line and see what we can do, though! Thanks Austin

  3. Fred July 13, 2014 / 6:54 pm

    Eastside’s spirits, including Burnside Double Barrel Bourbon, are generally available in Oregon liquor stores, but at a slightly higher price than shown in this review.

  4. Shane March 10, 2015 / 9:58 pm

    A true Bourbon can NOT be re-casked. Sad a distillery would ignore this.

  5. Christopher Null March 11, 2015 / 8:26 am

    Lots of very well regarded bottlers (Angel’s Envy, Hooker’s House, Big Bottom, etc.) are using finishing barrels, so this isn’t really that wild. That said, from a strict legal standpoint…

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