Review: Terry Bradshaw Bourbon

The latest whiskey from the prolific Silver Screen Bottling Company — which has released everything from James T. Kirk Bourbon to a Step Brothers branded vodka — is this bourbon released in collaboration with Terry Bradshaw, “NFL legend and iconic entertainer.”

Why Bradshaw?

“There is something quintessentially American about bourbon,” said Bradshaw. “There’s just nothing better than a fireplace, two fingers of Bourbon, a great cigar and Pavarotti playing in the background. I’ve always appreciated a good bourbon, and now I’ll be enjoying my own!”

The whiskey in the bottle is sourced from somewhere in Kentucky — so not MGP. Silver Screen says only that Bradshaw Bourbon “is distilled by a third-generation master distiller.” It’s bottled at 51.9% abv — an unusual point that was selected because it is also Bradshaw’s passing completion rate. The years for his four Super Bowl appearances — all of which he won — are emblazoned on the bottle label.

So, what if you don’t care about football? How’s the whiskey? Well, we tried it. Here goes.

From the start, Bradshaw comes across as a burly, frontier-style whiskey. Well charred and moderately smoky on the nose, it pours on the heat to the point where it’s overwhelming at times. Beyond all the char, there’s a heavy chocolate note along with notes of rosemary and dried thyme, all of which comes across as rather intense.

The palate is again quite full of char, spicy with a clear rye note and some telltale hints of dill. It opens over time (and/or with water) to push past its toasty oak note, slowly revealing notes of sesame, dark chocolate, and caramel sauce. The finish remains quite drying though it does hit its sweetest point here, offering a lingering milk chocolate character and, curiously, a note of fortune cookies.

103.8 proof. Reviewed: Batch #1.


Terry Bradshaw 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. Erin on September 15, 2020 at 11:59 am

    Since it’s label says aged a minimum of two years how is this whiskey declared a bourbon which requires 4 years?

    • Christopher Null on September 15, 2020 at 12:23 pm

      The law for calling something a straight bourbon is just 2 years. You are probably thinking about the rules for a bonded bourbon, which require 4 years of aging.

    • Anonymous on February 6, 2022 at 2:52 pm


  2. Chad on January 13, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    Get a bottle of Bradshaw. Can’t say I agree with the notes you’ve outlined. I get green wood and mold as the primary pallet notes, and have decided it can’t be ingested. I’ve tried straight, on a whiskey cube. Over crushed ice, and even tried saturation of an old fashioned.. I’m going to start mixing cola on it next so I don’t feel I wasted my money.
    This is a terrible, and skunky bourbon. I like to try everything. I won’t be trying this again. 1/5 stars.

  3. Don on January 26, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    I agree with Chads “green wood and mold notes”. I drank it neat and the very second it hit my stomach, I knew something was wrong. There was a “rumbly in my tummy”, I drank no more than an ounce and dumped the remainder of my glass. It hit “south” later that night, It was the first bourbon that I poured into the sink. It was labeled as batch#2.
    I give it a 0/5. Not kidding. Something was definitely wrong with it.

    • Efrain Canales on November 15, 2021 at 3:15 pm

      Well crap! I just got batch #2 today and after reading several reviews I’m beginning to think I wasted 40 bucks.

  4. Michael Curtis on June 5, 2021 at 11:34 am

    greatly enjoyed it. I don’t agree with the description given by the review but find it had some interesting qualities. Like it neat or with a couple cubes

  5. Taylor on June 15, 2021 at 11:51 am

    There must be considerably batch variants based on the comments above. Mine is batch 0001, very well balanced, sweet, Oaky but not too much Oak. I like the higher ABV, since I prefer this one without water nor ice. A very pleasant sipper and pairs well with cigars too. A very tasty Bourbon for a fair price, at least for batch 0001 . . . cheers.

  6. Steve on March 2, 2023 at 5:46 pm

    I absolutely love it

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