Review: 2bar Spirits Bourbon

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Seattle-based 2bar Spirits has extended its line of craft hooch with a new, “100% local” bourbon. Regarding its creation, distiller Nathan Kaiser says, “I can’t disclose exact percentages, but it has significantly more malt, and much less wheat than a typical wheated bourbon mashbill.  Barrel entry proof is significantly lower than normal, between 113 and 116 proof.  Our barrels are currently all 15 gallons with a #3 char.  This batch was aged for just over 9 months.” The mash is 95% Washington grain and 5% Oregon grain.

That’s a lot of unusual characteristics for a bourbon, so how does it come across in the finished product?

Pretty darn good for a young craft spirit. The nose is young and a bit grainy, which is to be expected from a spirit of this age (or lack thereof). Along with the cereal, there are ample notes of brown butter, vanilla, and cherries, plus a healthy slug of wood. The body isn’t too far off base: A healthy amount of cereal and popcorn finds balance in toffee notes, butterscotch, and a dusting of Asian spices. The finish is heavy with lumberyard notes, but not overwhelming with sawdust like many small barrel spirits can be. On the whole: Solid craft Bourbon, and much better than most entries into this burgeoning field.

Reviewed: Batch #4. 100 proof.

B+ / $50 / 2barspirits.com

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4 Responses

  1. Eric Henao May 12, 2014 / 7:16 am

    Woah. $$$ for a 375ml…

  2. Nathan Kaiser May 12, 2014 / 11:57 am

    Hi Eric – One minor correction. The price is $26.95 for a 375ml and $49.95 for a 750ml.

    Regards – Nathan @ 2bar Spirits

  3. Eric Henao May 12, 2014 / 12:39 pm

    Just wanted to say that Nathan Kaiser, owner of 2bar, reached out to me and told me that the price listed here was for the 750ml. The 375ml is $26.95.

    Very nice touch.

  4. Dave May 10, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    The finish on this bourbon is really very good. And I feel that overall it’s very drinkable. You will note a bit of wood and a lot of grain on the palate, but the finish is fruit. There is a hint of cherry yes, but the the main note is peaches. It’s a small distillery, and their bourbon is relatively young. That being said, I think the price point is competitive with other area craft distillers. And I do enjoy the product.

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