Whiskey Review: The Walking Dead Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey - The Whiskey Wash

Whiskey Review: The Walking Dead Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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

The Walking Dead Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is something we first took note of a number of months ago when a bottling label was approved for it by the TTB. What we have here is a whiskey, done in partnership with Skybound Entertainment (a “multiplatform content company” bringing the hit television show across a range of different mediums), that is non age statement in nature and bottled at 94 proof. Each clear glass bottle is “marked ‘safe-zone approved’ with a label that bears the comic’s trademark logo and sealed cork with an ‘RGrimes’ signature of authenticity.”

One always has to wonder when it comes to these media branded whiskeys. I’ll admit it has been a story of hits and misses. You always hope that the producer represents the brand and image. Yes, I am a Walking Dead fan, but had no idea what to expect from the bourbon whiskey.

Here’s what we know. The whiskey doesn’t have an age statement, but has spent at least two years in barrel. It likely comes from somewhere within Diageo’s vast bourbon stocks, but where specially is not stated. I like the 94 proof, and thus more flavor. On the back side, however, one discovers the nutritional facts of the whiskey, which can be an unnecessary stream of information. But, to each, their own.

Tasting Notes: The Walking Dead Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Vital Stats: 94 proof, 47% ABV, 113 calories. A partnership between Diageo brands and Skybound Entertainment. prices around $35.

Appearance: Dark honey, light maple.

Nose: Some cherry, slightly boozy. Got a touch of oak and leather after adjusting to the proof.

Palate: Maple and oak for sure. Medium bodied with a touch of dark fruit in the finish.

The Takeaway


I thought this one was good, though not going through any special effort to acquire. Definitely a good sipper, but as a limited release, not worthy of spending a penny more than the base price of $35 for a bottle.

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