Whiskey Review: Laws 6-Year Bottled in Bond Four Grain Bourbon - The Whiskey Wash

Whiskey Review: Laws 6-Year Bottled in Bond Four Grain Bourbon

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Laws Whiskey House. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review.

“Quality before quantity,” is the mantra of those behind the Laws Whiskey House Distillery. The distillery from Denver, Colorado has a bold line up of four grain whiskeys as well as a few ryes, wheated, and corn varieties. It’s an ambitious list of difficult and interesting styles of whiskeys. That sounds like fun.

The story begins with Alan Laws, a former investment banker starting up the distillery in 2010. Their first whiskey hit the market in 2014 with their initial four grain bourbon. Looking back we did a review of a previous version of a BIB, but then it was a four year. The reasoning for switching up to a six year version? The team at Laws believe that the extra aging provides an opportunity for more flavors to develop and give depth to the juice in the barrel.

“The 4-year bonded Four Grain Bourbon has been a personal favorite of mine, but with the release of the 6-year expression, we’re raising the bar and shifting the bonded Four Grain to an older profile,” said Al Laws, founder of Laws Whiskey House, at the time of its release. “This version produces smoother vanilla and caramel notes and an enhanced black cherry flavor that you don’t get from the 4-year version.”

And I believe it. It’s not easy starting up an operation from scratch, utilizing four different local grains, distilling and then having to wait as your future product matures.

Laws 6-Year Bottled in Bond Four Grain Bourbon

Laws 6-Year Bottled in Bond Four Grain Bourbon (image via Laws Whiskey House)

Tasting Notes: Laws 6-Year Bottled in Bond Four Grain Bourbon

Vital Stats: 100 proof, 50% ABV, and aged six years. Mash Bill: 60% corn, 20% heirloom wheat, 10% heirloom rye, 10% heirloom malted barley. ~ $74 per 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Honey, light amber, or a dark orange on the paler side.

Nose: A pleasant nectarine and honey, with a fair amount of heat up front. The senses settle in to the experience and picked up the slightest touch of green apple lingering in the background.

Palate: Brown sugar, bubble gum, and medium body. In the finish found notes of that apple again sweetness of a dark cherry. For a six year old, didn’t pick up as much oak as was expecting.

The Takeaway

Summary

I thought this was a solid Bottled in Bond bourbon. I enjoyed the depth of flavors that began with the brown sugar and honey, going into the fruit. Not overly excited about the price tag, but the curiosity is certainly piqued and would be excited to experience the other expressions from the Laws team. Just a guess, but I believe that a 10 year version of the BIB would be pretty rad.

4.0
User Rating 5 (1 vote)
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