Whiskey Review: Wiggly Bridge Small Barrel Bourbon

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

Wiggly Bridge Distillery is a father and son team in York, Maine. They decided to start a distillery in their hometown, even learning and building their own copper-pot stills. Quality is important to them in everything they do and it shows.

The distillery was started by David and David Woods after a joke at a family dinner. Starting a distillery is no joke. It is a lot of hard work, especially if you focus on small batch spirits like they do. Founded in 2013, the Woods have won numerous awards for their hard work.

What does the name Wiggly Bridge come from? A fun bridge, of course! The Wiggly Bridge was built in the 1930’s and said to be the world’s smallest suspension bridge. It’s a wooden arched deck with a small, green tower at each end.

Just like the distillery, the original Wiggly Bridge is small but quite unique. The bridge name comes from the feeling of footsteps on the 75 foot suspension bridge because it wiggles or bounces and might be more noticeable with company. Local lore says that it was named after a group of girl scouts who claimed the bridge was “wiggly” whenever they walked across it.

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The bridge is an important, historical landmark for York, Maine and many of the older townsfolk have fond memories that include the bridge or the woods that lay beyond it. It was a central location for many farmers and traders as well as a great swimming and clam digging location.

The Wiggly Bridge can still be visited today, free of charge, just off state route 103. While you’re there you might as well visit the distillery for a taste and tour. York has many great sites to see and is known as a summer vacation spot.

Bigger is not always better. That’s the case for the original Wiggly Bridge and Wiggly Bridge Distillery. The distillery boasts flavors and purity beyond your imagination and it may just put a wiggle in your step.

As for what I’m reviewing here, it is a different animal versus the bottled in bond bourbon from the other day. It is instead a bourbon that’s been aged for a minimum of three years in 30 gallon barrels that have a medium toast and level 3 char.

Wiggly Bridge Small Barrel Bourbon

Wiggly Bridge Small Barrel Bourbon (image via Melissa Jones/The Whiskey Wash)

Tasting Notes: Wiggly Bridge Small Barrel Bourbon

Vital Stats: Aged for a minimum of three years in 30 gallon barrels, medium toast and level 3 char. 58% corn, 37% rye and 5% malted barley. Made with sour mash fermentation and a Scottish Whisky yeast. Distilled and bottled in York, Maine. $53

Color: Burnished copper

Nose: It almost has a Dr Pepper smell with peppercorn and prunes. It’s peppery but also sweet with subtle maple, butterscotch, and caramel. Reminds me of a spicy apple pie.

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Palate: A tiny bite but mellows out to a buttery and simple syrup finish. There’s a pleasant dance of pepper, warm spices, syrup, pine, and apple butter.

The Takeaway

Summary

The small distillery and the small barrel makes for a winning combination in my book. The Wiggly Bridge Small Barrel Bourbon Whiskey is smooth and balanced with a really nice mouthfeel. I would highly recommend a taste of this. After reading the history of the name "Wiggly Bridge" I also want to take a trip back to see the bridge and have a sense of the hometown pride that created this spirit.

The blend of spicy pepper, char and oak blends so nicely with the sweet baking spices. It's a good bourbon to cozy up with in fall and winter.

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User Rating 4.33 (3 votes)
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