Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Watershed 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.
Watershed Distillery was founded on the principles of community, quality, and character. It is a boutique microdistillery located in Columbus, Ohio, and was the second distillery opened in Columbus post-Prohibition. The distillers started in the spirits industry in 2010 making gin and vodka, with partners Greg Lehman and Dave Rigo being forced to deal with Ohio being one of the more restrictive alcoholic beverage control states while moving into the bourbon market.
Not happy to let others make the laws on distilling without input from those involved in the process, Lehman and a few others in the industry founded the Ohio Distiller’s Guild in an attempt to gain more legislative control of the distilling business. Lehman’s position in the guild provides advocacy for business professionals looking for support as well bridging the gap between distillers and the Ohio Department of Liquor Control.
Watershed Distillery’s most recent output is a Bottled in Bond Bourbon, aged four years and bottled onsite. Watershed’s commitment to excellence is what brought about the Bottled in Bond process for this particular release, with regulations strictly adhered to ensure customer satisfaction in a high-quality product. The greatest appeal of the Bottled in Bond label is a complete transparency of the process, ensuring that the whiskey is not a blend of unknown distillers, but a product of one distillery. Bottled in Bond products are also required to be aged a minimum of four years, and are prohibited from using any color corrections or additives.
Of Watershed Distillery’s Bottled in Bond Bourbon, Greg Lehman said in a prepared statement, “The launch of our Bottled-in-Bond is the next step in the evolution of Watershed bourbon. Consumer interest in our higher proof, more premium limited-time bourbon offerings has blown us away, and we know this product will be exciting to them.”
This iteration of Watershed Bottled in Bond Bourbon is 100 proof and was pulled from a selection of the distiller’s favorite barrels from one season. This new bourbon portfolio out of Watershed is sure to be greeted with affection from those who love a simple, delicious bourbon.
Tasting Notes: Watershed Bottled in Bond Bourbon
Vital Stats: Aged four years. 100 Proof (50% ABV). Distilled, aged, and bottled onsite. ~$65/750mL.
Appearance: Warm, clear gold.
Nose: The nose is grassy, with spices and scents of warm apple.
Palate: The palate offers warming spices, nutmeg, herbal greens, and slightly bitter dandelion greens. The finish is smooth and delicate, with a beautifully balanced profile that is clean and delectable.
I’m giving this Watershed Bottled in Bond Bourbon a high mark because it stands out from some of my other recent tastings. There is a nice balance to this bourbon that makes it a viable option for both sipping and mixing, and the price isn’t so top end that I feel the need to compare it to others of its ilk.
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Jerry Jenae Sampson
Jerry Sampson is a freelance writer, editor and screenwriter. Her creative work is ever improved by her love of whiskey and craft cocktails. She enjoys taking cool fall days to explore the great distilleries around Portland to get a closer look at the inner workings of her favorite spirits.