Whiskey Review: Forty Nine Mile Bourbon

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by San Francisco Distilling Co. This in no way, per our editorial policiesinfluenced the final outcome of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the buy link towards the bottom of this review our site receives a small referral payment which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs.

The new Forty Nine Mile Bourbon from the also new San Francisco Distilling Co. is a high-rye bourbon aged seven years on the northern California coast in new American oak barrels. According to Distiller.com, it’s said to be distilled by MGP in Indiana and aged in #3 char barrels, with a mash bill of 75 percent corn, 21 percent malted rye, and 4 percent malted barley.

It’s also only available in California—for now. 90 proof and with a bottle price that will cost you (surprise!) $49, it recently won a Gold from the USA Spirits Ratings.

Forty Nine Mile Bourbon

Forty Nine Mile Bourbon (image via Carin Moonin/The Whiskey Wash)

Tasting Notes: Forty Nine Mile Bourbon

Vital Stats: Mash bill of 75 percent corn, 21 percent malted rye, and 4 percent malted barley; aged seven years in new American oak; 90 proof; about $49 for 750 ml.

Appearance: End-of-sunset orange. Well-loved/used cork coasters. Polished bronze.

Nose: The nose is pleasant and engaging. There is no burn or off scent. It’s more sweet than savory.  Baked pears with caramel sauce.  Lightly toasted marshmallows. Nougat.

Palate: Quite nice! This doesn’t smell like 90 proof and it doesn’t taste like it, either. Mind you, this doesn’t mean weak: It means well-balanced. There’s no fire, but there is a satiating beginning, middle, and end. I find something very satisfying about this whiskey. Like finishing a puzzle and standing back to gaze at your hard work.

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This is delectably drinkable. And I bet it’s versatile; I drank it neat, as is my wont, and I will continue to, but I can also see grabbing this to pour into a cocktail or with a couple cubes of ice. This bourbon is like one of those kids who has friends in every clique as well as the admiration of teachers.

The Takeaway


A solid performer! And this being San Francisco Distilling Co.’s inaugural whiskey makes me look forward to see what else they put out.

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