Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a free sample to review by the party behind it. The Whiskey Wash, while appreciative of this, did keep full independent editorial control over this article.
Eastside Distilling has been making craft spirits on Portland’s Distillery Row since its inception in 2008. They put out a full range of spirits from rum to vodka to an award winning bourbon, which is the start of the Oregon Oaked Bourbon, the focus of this review.
Yes, they took their four year old Gold Medal bourbon and put it back into barrels to age. But not just any barrel would do, but new Oregon grown oak barrels for upwards of two additional months. This rounds out the spices in the bourbon, while adding a touch of oak to it. Vanilla is a strong component of taste while not over powering. The mashbill of this sourced whiskey is 75% corn, 10% rye and 15% malted barley.
Here are my review notes for this light amber colored bourbon:
Nose: vanilla, oak, caramel, all spice, dried cherries.
Palette: oak, caramel, spices- cinnamon and all spice – delightfully play with the heat
Finish: spice lingers, long, and smooth
I found the Burnside Oregon Oaked Bourbon from Eastside to be a smooth, oaky sipping bourbon, and rate it at 89. You can track down a bottle of it for sale online here.
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