Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Log Still Distillery. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced 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.
Everyone has a family. In the world of bourbon, that family is the story, and that story becomes the brand. For Log Still Distillery that story, and it would appear all of their brand identity, is in the Dant family name. The Dant name is one with a long history in bourbon that I won’t dive into here. But, if you want to read about it, check out Log Still’s website linked above or one of our other articles. Or, for another Dant descendant back in the bourbon business, take a look at this article at Bourbon Veach.
Now that you have some links to look into the family history, let’s look at the product. This is Log Still Distillery’s Monk’s Road Fifth District Series Cold Spring Distillery Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Yes, that is all on the label, and I believe to be the full name of this bottle. Let’s just refer to it as Monk’s Road Bourbon from here on. I received this in a marketing kit that included whiskey stones, chocolate truffles, and dried orange wheel. All in a solid wooden box that had been laser engraved with the Monk’s Road logo.
Let’s talk about this label. The Monk’s Road Bourbon label is a hard one to process because of the many names on the bottle. Monk’s Road is the product line, and Fifth District Series seems to refer to a series of single barrel releases, of which this is the first. What about the two distillery names? Log Still Distillery is the name of the company, and Cold Spring Distillery is an old distillery that used to be on their land. Its name came from the temperature of the spring, which was reportedly cold enough to allow the distillery to operate year-round.
If you look on the back of the label you will see that this was bottled by Log Still Distillery, meaning only that they put the liquid into the bottle. They don’t disclose where the bourbon inside was distilled. The front of the label gives some clarity on the stats of this whiskey, with a printed age statement of six years and an ABV of 50%. It also includes handwritten barrel and bottle numbers.
Tasting Notes: Log Still Distillery’s Monk’s Road Cold Spring Distillery Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Vital Stats: 50% ABV, aged six years, barrel #23, $79.99 per bottle.
Appearance: A clear honey color with a touch of amber; thin, long legs.
Nose: A lot of grain on the nose at first, with corn and wheat. A second nosing gives me notes of ethanol and creme brûlée.
Palate: This has a creamy texture up front that coats the mouth. I get caramel and vanilla first, like a nice custard. The flavor progresses to a hint of baking spice right before shifting to a dry, citrusy finish. Water made the creamy texture carry through longer but maintained much of the same flavor, just shifting intensity a bit. I got a bit more of a black pepper kind of spice on the finish when watered down.
This has a straightforward flavor profile that makes for a perfectly fine sipper. It’s sweeter up front with a dryer finish. I’m sure it would make for a decent cocktail, but its price puts it well out of what I consider for cocktail use. Bottom line, I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to get a bottle of this when there are better whiskeys available at lower price points.