Review: Brother’s Bond Bourbon

Review: Brother’s Bond Bourbon

Brother’s Bond is the creation of Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley. They aren’t brothers, per se, but they are both actors who appeared on The Vampire Diaries. The brand — expressly designed to target Millennials — is MGP stock, a non-age-statement whiskey made with a four-grain mashbill of 65% corn, 22% rye, and the remainder wheat and barley. (Note that MGP doesn’t make a four-grain spirit with this (or any other) mashbill; this is actually a blend of three different bourbons variously made with wheat or rye.)

On this front, the brand’s advertising is a bit misguided, stating: “Not settling for the minimum 51% corn in our mash bill, the standard throughout history, we have a whopping 65% corn in our bourbon.” Someone needs to get with the marketing folks here and let them know that corn is the cheapest ingredient in the mash, and that “more corn” is not entirely a prized attribute. Anyway.

The whiskey itself is as harmless as Instagram, kicking off with its big and expressive but fairly simple nose of peanut butter and some spice, plus a touch of char. The palate continues the theme, bursting with peanut shells, vanilla soda, and some gentle notes of Bit-O-Honey. Creamy and approachable but wholly straightforward, I kept returning to Brother’s Bond in the hopes that something more would emerge from the glass, but I never really got there. A note of cola and a touch of pepper emerge here and there, but more than anything, that peanut-heavy finish keeps returning to a familiar (and well-worn) theme.

Nothing at all wrong with the stuff, and it’s inoffensive enough to pair perfectly with an avocado toast or a Harry Potter movie marathon.

80 proof.


Brother's Bond 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. Frank on December 31, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    Seems you are a bit nice on this bottle giving it a B grade instead of C grade. At such a low proof and high price I found this below average. For under $20 you can find Wild Turkey 101 and Evan Williams BiB, for $20-30 you can get Buffalo Trace, Elijah Craig, and various others. This bottle is $40 for little flavor coming out of the liquid in the bottle and 80 proof. This bottle deserves a C- at best and you gave it a B grade.

    How do you justify your B grade? I assume you are being paid to promote it because no one else has given it such a high rating.

    • Christopher Null on December 31, 2021 at 12:22 pm

      You really think someone would pay us to write a B grade review?

  2. Keith G on January 3, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    another MGP winner ruined by a marketing story.

  3. Lewallen on May 10, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    @Frank You lost me at Wild Turkey 101. Keep that bottle at the trailer park. This whiskey isn’t that bad. I agree it’s light on taste (probably due to the excessive corn), but it’s a good one to sip on weeknights. Unlike Wild Turkey 101 which is distilled to get you shitfaced like a frat brother.

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