Review: J.R. Ewing Private Reserve Bourbon

Review: J.R. Ewing Private Reserve Bourbon

J.R. Ewing might be fictional — and famously got shot — but that isn’t going to stop the man from releasing his own bourbon, a vanity project that is actually bottled in Dallas, Texas. J.R.’s bourbon launched in 2014 in a handful of markets. The distillate’s origins are unstated, but it’s said to be from Kentucky and bottled at the age of 4 years old.

This is young but fairly innocuous stuff, heavy up top with some telltale notes of popcorn and peanut shells on the otherwise quiet nose. Not much more going on on the palate: Corn Nuts and dried banana chips, leading to a finish that’s touched with pepper and just a touch of peach. I had to really plow through a lot of this to find much to say about it, which, I guess, is something that goes in the plus column if you’re looking for the most harmless mixing whiskey of all time.

80 proof.


J.R. Ewing Private Reserve 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.

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