This 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