Whiskey Review: William Alan Straight Bourbon Whiskey

, | July 28, 2022

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

William Alan Straight Bourbon Whiskey is the first namesake bourbon out of Hollow Creek Distillery. As a tribute to the Amick family legacy, the name pays homage to both sides of the family’s lineage, which have worked independently in the Leesville, South Carolina, region for 9 generations.

Master Distiller Craig Amick and his wife Meredith are the founders and owners of Hollow Creek Distillery, which opened six years ago when they started distilling and bottling local moonshine. They’ve crafted eight flavored varieties of moonshine, which are only available at their distillery. 

William Alan Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a small batch bourbon made up of a high malt grain bill that is aged for a minimum of four years in charred oak barrels. Then it is finished in toasted oak barrels for a minimum of three months. It is distilled and bottled at the family-owned and -operated distillery, where “board meetings happen daily around the dinner table.” 

At 90 proof/45% ABV, William Alan Straight Bourbon Whiskey is delicate and very approachable on both the nose and the palate. It would be a nice summer season whiskey, since it’s not as overly warm. Even though it’s a gentler whiskey it still has a lot going on as far as its broad flavor profile.  William Alan Straight Bourbon Whiskey won Double Gold at the 2022 New York International Spirits Competition, where Hollow Creek Distillery was also named South Carolina Distillery of the Year.

William Alan Straight Bourbon Whiskey (image via Jennifer Williams)

William Alan Straight Bourbon Whiskey (image via Jennifer Williams/The Whiskey Wash)

Tasting Notes: William Alan Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Vital Stats: Aged four years, 90 proof (45% ABV), high malt mash bill.

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Appearance: Mahogany. 

Nose: On the nose are floral notes of citrus, red rose, and spearmint along with sweet caramel. 

Palate: The palate offers hints of cedar woodiness, cinnamon, cherry, and fresh ginger root. It has a long finish with warm spicy notes, freshly ground black pepper, and cucumber. 

4.5

Summary

This is a bright and approachable whiskey that would be a nice summer sipper. It’s a great choice for entry-level whiskey drinkers. Yet it still delivers a satisfying experience for more advanced whiskey enthusiasts, with a long, warm, spicy finish delicately balanced by notes of freshly ground black pepper and an obliging cucumber flavor. 

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Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams is a former Dallas, Texas bartender of 15 years where she developed an appreciation for patrons with a healthy respect for great whiskey. She moved to Portland, Oregon in 2019 where she graduated from Portland State University as an English Literature major with a minor in Writing. While...