Review: Eastside Distilling Burnside Double Barrel Bourbon

Review: Eastside Distilling Burnside Double Barrel Bourbon

burnside_double_barrel_bourbonThis 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 /

Eastside Distilling Burnside Double Barrel Bourbon




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Austin on March 22, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Great to see Eastside on here…I’m a big fan of these guys.

    I’d love to hear what you think of the rest of their line…you know they have a ginger rum right?

  2. Christopher Null on March 22, 2013 at 7:57 am

    So far this is all we’ve covered of their line. Will drop them a line and see what we can do, though! Thanks Austin

  3. Fred on July 13, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Eastside’s spirits, including Burnside Double Barrel Bourbon, are generally available in Oregon liquor stores, but at a slightly higher price than shown in this review.

  4. Shane on March 10, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    A true Bourbon can NOT be re-casked. Sad a distillery would ignore this.

    • Christopher Null on March 11, 2015 at 8:26 am

      Lots of very well regarded bottlers (Angel’s Envy, Hooker’s House, Big Bottom, etc.) are using finishing barrels, so this isn’t really that wild. That said, from a strict legal standpoint…

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