Review: William Wolf Pecan Bourbon

william wolf pecan bourbonWilliam Wolf Bourbon is made in Holland of all places, and it’s the only product under this curious brand so far. It’s made from American bourbon and infused with natural flavors — but otherwise we know almost nothing about the product except that there’s a cartoon wolf playing a banjo on the label. Presumably this is William.

There’s a really big nutty/sweet nose here, almost like a praline. The body starts off mildly sweet then quickly builds. What arises is a curious blend of dissolved sugar, pecan extract, and modest vanilla notes. It’s pleasant and fun, but a bit overwhelming after awhile. The initially modest sweetness quickly builds… and builds… to the point where the whiskey develops a candylike character. After half a glass the finish has gotten so sweet that it coats the palate with a nutty sweet unctuousness that’s tough to shake.

On the whole it’s a uniquely fun product that’s worth tasting — but my hunch is that it will work better as a (minor) cocktail ingredient.

60 proof.

B / $26 /

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3 Responses

  1. Frank September 5, 2014 / 11:06 am

    Your reviews are usually moderate but even the art on the label seems to piss you off like that Wolf crapped in your yard. In SC we love our whiskey and we Love this stuf. It’s not going to change my Pappy Van Winkle drinker father in law into a lover of flavors but it was smooth and less sweet than a lot of those syrupy Honey things bein hyped. I like everything about this Wolf except the banjo. WTF is with the F%&#ing banjo?!

  2. Christopher Null September 5, 2014 / 3:35 pm

    Sorry if I got a little too tongue in cheek there. Just having a good time. I stand by the writeup, but that said: No offense intended to the company, to your tastes, or to the wolf!

  3. Ludo July 1, 2015 / 2:37 pm

    The company’s name was inspired by the (in)famous American moonshiner and travelling musician William Wolf. He was known far and wide across the American South during the prohibition for distilling, and often flavoring, exceptional whiskeys.

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