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Review: Big Bottom Whiskey Port Cask Finish Batch #2

November 6th, 2011

Big Bottom Whiskey Port Cask Finish Batch #2 3 year old, 45.5%, $35

A relatively high rye grain content for a bourbon (36%). The port adds richness (fleshy fruit) and helps the whiskey taste older than it really is (by masking some of its youthfulness?). Notes of ripe cherry, soft plum, mandarin orange in syrup, dates, and toffee. The spices (cinnamon, mint, and a dusting of cocoa) pick up mid-palate and finish strong and warming. A slight bit more port than I would prefer, but the spice vibrancy still shines through.

Advanced Whisky Advocate magazine rating: 84

7 Responses to “Review: Big Bottom Whiskey Port Cask Finish Batch #2”

  1. Dutch says:

    This one sounds nice, where is it available?

    • John Hansell says:

      From my press release: The small batch whiskey bottler uses US distillers for the base product and finishes and bottles in Hillsboro. Big Bottom Whiskeys retail for about $29.95 to $34.95 and they are sold in Oregon, California, Tennessee, Georgia, Nevada, and under “special order” status in Washington. Based out of California, K&L Wine Merchants can ship directly to the states of Idaho, North Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, and New York through its online store.

      • Bob Siddoway says:

        Dang, another whiskey I’m going to have to order online…

        This does sound interesting, though. I don’t recall ever tasting such a young whisk(e)y that’s finished in port casks…

  2. Dutch says:

    Well, I’m in TN through tomorrow, may have to look for it on my way out.

  3. M Lange says:

    Based on the rye % i’d guess this is an LDI whiskey. Check out the bourbon mash bills at the bottom of this page:
    Finishing it in port is a cool idea, a “value added” whiskey rather than simply bottling up something made elsewhere. I also like that these guys are very open about the fact that they are a rectifier and bottler and don’t imply they run a non-existent distillery. I’ll have to check this out, though I’m almost never in any of the states they are sold in.

    • Red_Arremer says:

      I also appreciate the lack of any attempt to imply that they run a distillery– And this looks like a good deal $wise. Wish some of it would come to MA.

  4. MrTH says:

    In what capacity (or incapacity) are Spinal Tap involved in this company?

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