Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by I Bourbon. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review.
I wasn’t able to dig up much about I Bourbon beyond their website and a single paywalled article, but I learned enough to be curious. I Bourbon is the brainchild of Tripp Whitbeck, a DC-area legal professional who left his job behind to scale his bourbon interest into a business venture. He worked with a barrel sourcer to establish a blend, which he developed in his condo kitchen, reportedly settling on a backbone of venerable Tennessee bourbon.
The first few pallets were bottled in Bardstown, Kentucky, in December 2021, but due to pandemic-related logistical setbacks and the complexity of State liquor regulations, I Bourbon is available only online, through their website for now. While the brand is still in its infancy, Whitbeck has ambitions to launch additional I-spirits alongside the bourbon.
The last time I sampled a product line launched by enthusiasts-turned-pros, I felt I was able to prove, Nathan Fielder-style, that I am, in fact, fun, so I’m looking forward to giving I Bourbon a try!
Tasting Notes: I Bourbon
Vital stats: No age statement given, 86 proof, priced at $60
Appearance: Light-gold color with a medium-light body.
Nose: Light, pleasant notes of butterscotch and tannins
Palate: The low proof and medium body make for an easy sip, characterized by creamy vanilla with just a hint of rye spice.
Given the lack of information available to me about the contents of the bottle, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. What I found was a perfectly solid whiskey, probably best suited as an introductory pour for developing palates. I completely understand the need for a young brand, feeling out an audience to establish a broad appeal, and the low-burn sip-ibility of an 86 proof glass makes for an approachable drink, but I’d like to give this a taste at a slightly higher proof that would allow some of the flavors to become more pronounced.