Review: Big House Bourbon and Big House Tupelo Honey

Review: Big House Bourbon and Big House Tupelo Honey

big house bourbonUnderdog Spirits, in Livermore, California, brings you these two spirits, crafted to order by LDI. For the base bourbon, the 60% corn, 35% rye, 5% malted barley mashbill is aged for 6 years before bottling. Thoughts follow.

Big House Straight Bourbon Whiskey – At first blush, there’s quite a harsh nose here; I get some mint notes, but there’s also quite a bit of astringency that takes a long while to blow off. Eventually it does, leaving behind a somewhat racy, spicy, but curiously unstructured aroma. The body is fortunately more traditional, with huge vanilla caramel notes and ample sweetness. The short, lightly woody finish offers hints of roasted coffee beans. All in all it’s nothing shocking, but at this price (and 90 proof at that) it probably needn’t be. 90 proof. B / $17

Big House Tupelo Honey – The honey-flavored version of same. The much lighter color makes you think this will be heavy on the honey, but that’s not the case. It’s lighter primarily because it’s considerably lower in proof — 70 proof vs. Big House’s 90 proof. The honey is in fact dialed back, way back. The syrupy goodness is almost non-evident on the nose, and on the body it feels just barely there, added with an eyedropper perhaps. This approach works quite well with Big House, adding a more interesting sweetness that goes partway in correcting the above’s candy-focused character, but it’s so dialed down that you never get the sickly sweetness you can encounter with many other renditions of this whiskey classic.  As honey-flavored whiskeys go, Big House pulls this one off surprisingly well. 70 proof. B+ / $20

Big House Straight Bourbon Whiskey




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. Dan A Moore on April 25, 2015 at 5:03 am

    Best bourbon tubalow honey I love this bourbon. Don’t stop making it.

  2. Tina on March 30, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    I am totally at loss. Every liquor store in the area has stopped carrying this bourbon. I absolutely love it. I was told everything from the company stopped making it to the sales are not good so the State of Ohio took it off the shelves. Please let me know what is happening and where I can find it. Best bourbon ever.

  3. Judy Ballard on February 3, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Just discovered the Tupelo honey. Where can we purchase it in KY?

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