Jackson, Mississippi-based Cathead Distillery doesn’t make Old Soul — at least, not all of it. But it does make some of the whiskey in this unique bourbon and blends it with bourbon sourced from MGP. Here’s the kicker: Cathead uses an identical, high-rye mashbill to the one that MGP uses (21% rye, 75% corn, 4% malted barley), then blends the finished whiskeys together after aging for various lengths of time.
The final blend comes out as 55% Straight Bourbon aged for 4 years, 8 months; 35% aged for 4 years, 3 months; and 10% aged for 2 years, 1 month. Cathead doesn’t say which whiskeys were distilled by which distillery, but you can probably hazard a guess.
Given its constituents, the whiskey is not overly surprising. The nose is expressive but youthful, with notes of bacon fat and peanut brittle dominant. It’s peppery but meaty, giving it a peppered bacon aroma at times. The palate, as is common with MGP bourbon, is quite fruity on first attack, with strong notes of cherry and a side of menthol. More peanut here, plus a layer of spice driven by the rye. The finish is light and drying, with notes of cookie dough and a duskier spice element lingering. A lingering reprise of roast beef makes the ultimate conclusion a bit too savory for my taste, but the experience is at least never off-putting.
Would love to see a future batch of Old Soul with a few more years under its belt.
90 proof. Reviewed: Batch #1.
B / $50 / catheaddistillery.com