Fresh from the wild, wild west comes Fistful of Bourbon — an all-American concoction out of family-owned Scottish distiller William Grant & Sons.
Five straight bourbons — literally a fistful — make up this American whiskey that is a first for the family’s 100-year-old portfolio and that officially has made its national debut. It originally launched in Texas in 2018 where, it was said by the brand, “its personality and taste were met with enthusiasm from consumers and bartenders.” It won a double gold medal in 2019 by the International Spirits Challenge and a gold medal from the 2020 San Francisco Spirits Awards.
Fistful has a 45% ABV and prices around $25 per 750 ml bottle. The source of the bourbons in this blend was not mentioned.
“There’s an art and science to blending — and Fistful is a balance of both,” said William Grant & Sons Whisk(e)y Blender, Kelsey McKechnie, in a prepared statement. “Our creative process combined the art of nosing and the science of blending. We’re excited to apply William Grant & Sons’ long-time blending experience to the American whiskey scene.”
The whiskey blends five distinct flavors:
- Balanced and sweet
- Green, leafy floral notes
- Soft spices and hints of nutmeg
- Buttery toffee
- Cinnamon and licorice
Fistful became available last month in retailers and bars around America. In an interesting note on this blend, William Grant & Sons indicated that, with regards to it, it will never change “in any significant way. This isn’t just true for Fistful. It’s true for all blended whiskies. Distilling depends on a gazillion variables – the year’s barley crop, the trees used to make the barrels, the weather and climate around the barrel houses and so on.
“Bottom line: Every year, we’ll find five whiskeys that create the same balance and match the same flavor profile that you taste today. If you like Fistful now, you’ll like it later. We promise.”
Hannah Kanik is a freelance writer from California. Two years ago, she found herself drinking Scottish whisky atop Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and found her love for whisky and its storytelling side-effects.