Whiskey Review: Lynxx Small Batch Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Lynxx Spirits. 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.

It’s not often to see a bourbon made by women for women. Of course, everyone’s free to enjoy Lynxx Small Batch Straight Bourbon Whiskey, but the producers had women on their mind with every step of the process. Lynxx is made to be luxurious, first-class and empowering for women everywhere.

Rachel Svoboda, founder, has worked in advertising for over 20 years, helping mostly women-owned businesses. Her vision for Lynxx was to build an extraordinary bourbon brand specifically for women. Informed by trending alcohol stats that show the growing popularity of whiskey among women drinkers, as well as female-centric focus groups, Lynxx developed a bourbon to help introduce new drinkers to the category. It helps that Lynxx has an all-female team as well, which means every aspect, from aging to bottling, has been influenced by women.

Lynxx Spirits also has an owner’s club that’s free to join for the first year. Being part of the club gives you discounts and access to a network of other women, plus it allows for your own brand to be eligible for partnerships. There’s also access to special events.

Lynxx Small Batch

Lynxx Small Batch (image via Melissa Jones/The Whiskey Wash)

Tasting Notes: Lynxx Small Batch

Vital Stats: 80 proof. Aged two years. Distilled by Southern Distilling Company in Statesville, North Carolina, for Lynxx Spirits. Available in California and online at Lynxx Spirits. Shipping to 30 states (as of now). $80.

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Appearance: The bottle looks like a large perfume bottle, with a nice crystal topper and white etched lettering underneath a fancy Lynxx diamond. It’s a showcase bottle for your home bar. The whiskey is old gold in color.

Nose: Bright and fresh. Green apple pie, lime, leather, and wheat make for a pleasant summer day aroma.

Palate: Thin and hot overall, with simple flavors. It’s spice-forward, then mellow like cooked grains with a briny finish. There’s burnt orange, cinnamon, and wheat, with a touch of honey and ginger. The finish felt a little flat and salty, rather than sweet like the nose.

The Takeaway

Summary

There's a lot of sensation in your mouth when you drink, this but not a lot of varying flavors. There's a wonderful and fresh nose but the flavor left me wanting more. It is alcohol-forward and a bit thin, with some spice and no lingering mouthfeel. It's not a bad thing when you aren't left with a flavor you can't get rid of or one that sticks out far and above the rest. Sometimes mellow is all you need at the end of a long day.

I think one of my favorite parts of this whiskey is the packaging. It is a beautiful, yet simple bottle that fits nicely in my hand. I would love to keep and reuse it.

Lynxx Bourbon, to me, is expensive for something that is two years old. Perhaps this is not made for the experienced palate but the beginner. I'd love to see what they release next, and I love the spirit behind the brand.

3.5
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