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