Whiskey Review: Batch 206 Old Log Cabin Bourbon Whiskey - The Whiskey Wash

Whiskey Review: Batch 206 Old Log Cabin Bourbon Whiskey

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Batch 206. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review.

A good man is hard to find, and a good whiskey name perhaps even more difficult. Maybe that’s why the Old Log Cabin brand has appeared so often.

Batch 206 is based out of Seattle, Washington, and has been around since 2012. Since then it’s become one of the top five independently owned distilleries in the state in both production and sales (according to their site). In addition to their Old Log Cabin bourbon, they also make an Irish style whiskey as well as vodka, rum, and gin.

Their site tells a long story about the various incarnations of Old Log Cabin whiskey, from 1840 tales of cabin-shaped bottles to its role in the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Age wise, this whiskey is said by Batch 206 to be 19 to 26 months old, and made from a mash bill that’s 51% corn and 49% malted barley. It’s also bottled at 86 proof.

Batch 206 Old Log Cabin Bourbon

Batch 206 Old Log Cabin Bourbon (image via Carin Moonin/The Whiskey Wash)

Tasting Notes: Batch 206 Old Log Cabin Bourbon Whiskey

Vital stats: 51 percent corn, 49 percent malted barley, both from Washington; aged in in New American Oak, with a #3 char, for 19 t0 26 months; about $50 for 750 ml.

Appearance: Weak tea; extremely watered down Diet Coke; a dull ochre.

Nose: A little peaty, a little brown sugar. Also an acrid edge, with mustiness to it. It smells like chartreuse—I don’t mean the liquor, I mean the ‘70s.

Palate: This is very one-note. There’s not much depth to it; it tastes like it’s already been watered down. In fact, I sampled this on two separate occasions; the first time, this wasn’t the first whiskey I’d tasted, so (full disclosure!) my notes were limited. But upon tasting it a second time, I’m still not feeling’ it like I have some others lately. I wish there was more richness. I wish there was more something, anything. I don’t hate it, but it doesn’t excite me, either.

The Takeaway

Summary

It tastes more like Scotch than bourbon. Perhaps because it’s so barley-heavy? This doesn't really ring my bell, but maybe it will yours.

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