Whiskey Review: Frey Ranch Single Barrel Bourbon

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Frey Ranch. This in no way, per our editorial policiesinfluenced the final outcome of this review.

Frey Ranch slow grows their grains specifically for bourbon. Everything is one hundred percent sustainably grown, malted, distilled, matured, and bottled on site at the ranch. Colby Frey, co-founder and CEO, was born a farmer and now a distiller.

Frey, along with the distilling team, hand selects barrels for the single barrel program. Only some of those barrels are bottled and sold at the tasting room for the general public. Others are bottled for specific shops or whisky clubs to call their own. The single barrel bourbon is bottled at barrel strength, without water, so the bourbon you are drinking is the same that Frey was drinking when he selected the barrel for the single barrel program. Not many barrels make it into this program so the quantities are very limited. Approximately 200 bottles per barrel.

Each of the bourbon barrels selected for the single barrel program are delivered in person or virtually to the customer. The barrel proof ranges from 120 to 137 and has been aged for at least five years. The “unique 4-grain straight bourbon mash bill, all grown on the Frey Ranch, includes non-GMO corn, winter cereal rye, winter wheat and 2-row barley malted on-site”.

The Frey family understands the value of a hard day’s work on the ranch. They also believe in the quality of ingredients so they whiskey can be enjoyed neat or in a cocktail. The Frey Ranch slogan is “Be good to the land and the land will be good to you”.

Frey Ranch Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey

Frey Ranch Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey (image via Frey Ranch)

Tasting Notes: Frey Ranch Single Barrel Bourbon

Vital Stats: Non chill filtered. Frey Ranch Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey #22 is bottled at cask strength, aged for over 5 years, and is 126.38 proof. 100% sustainably grown, malted, distilled, matured and bottled on the Frey Ranch property. Column and pot distilled. $85.

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Appearance: Tawny

Nose: The nose is very rich and complex despite being hot. Some of the things I noted were turpentine, almond, cinnamon, all spice, and honey. It’s rich, sweet and pleasant for being so high in proof. Reminds me of an egg custard.

Palate: The flavor that comes to mind first are hot honey. Frey Ranch Single Barrel 22 is very alcohol forward and I wouldn’t guess the proof was so high. The taste is sharp and biting but has a very nice flavor. It’s drying. Flavors of eucalyptus, oak, cinnamon and bitter chocolate.

The Takeaway

Summary

The alcohol doesn't burn the whole time. It is a hot start but finishes like a good, dark chocolate that melts in your mouth. There's a mesquite burn but it's also very sweet. For as high a proof, I would not expect this whiskey to be so pleasant and complex.

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