Review: C.W. Irwin Straight Bourbon Whiskey

cw irwin whiskeyThis isn’t another sourced whiskey, sorry to disappoint you! Oregon Spirit Distillers makes this little number in Bend, Oregon. The whiskey is made from is 51% corn, plus equal parts of rye, wheat, and malted barley. Aged 3 years in a new American oak barrel. Thoughts follow.

What a surprising and fun little craft bourbon. The nose offers restrained notes of wood and leather, with just hints of vanilla and maple syrup. The aroma doesn’t have you expecting much, it’s so pulled back. But on the tongue, there’s a lovely combination of flavors that bubble up. There’s butterscotch, ripe banana, more of that maple syrup, and a healthy slug of lumberyard that hits you (hard) on the back end. The wood works well with the fruit and dessert-like notes that come before, fading out with a hint of Bananas Foster — including that whiff of propane wafting out from the little cart where the man in the tuxedo is whipping them up tableside.

Happy New Year, everyone!

80 proof.

B+ / $30 / oregonspiritdistillers.com

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2 Responses

  1. Austin, TX January 1, 2015 / 4:45 pm

    Great to see a craft whiskey NOT costing $60, $80 or more. Sure, they all have a distillery to pay for, but come on man. I would definitely reach for this if I see one.

  2. Joe December 19, 2015 / 3:15 pm

    As I am new to drinking bourbon (only 4 years now) I am overwhelmed with this small batch bourbon… So much so, that I sponsored a barrel 3 years hence hoping to capture the spirit in its original condition. I have purchased 4 cases and am introducing it to my closest friends… Love it!!

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