Straight and uncut from the oak barrel, our cask strength bourbon is as true to old world style as whiskey gets. Distilled from 60% Corn, 20% Wheat, 9% Rye and 11% Malted Barley, this is a rare, smooth sipping treat for the fine whiskey connoisseur. Unfiltered to provide you with true and authentic flavor.
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BLACK BUTTON DISTILLING CASK STRENGTH BOURBONBOTTLE DETAILS
NOSE: Caramel | Corn | Spiced Cherries | Toasted Oak
TASTE: Rye Spice | Oak | Faint Sweet Honey | Green Apple
FINISH: Medium with lingering sweetness and some grain
SHARE WITH: While young, this is a blend to share with your “drink curious” not too judgy friends.
WORTH THE PRICE: I found Ingram an interesting expression. I am generally a Midwest Grain Products fan, and I like to support craft distillers/blenders with innovative ideas. With all that being said, at over $70 for a less than 4-year-old, sourced, blended whiskey, this would be a tough sell for me.
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: This whiskey is not a bust. It has interest and depth that you wouldn’t expect by its age. The blending is done well and with the innovative take on aging, I will give it a BAR rating. Try it first, if you can, before you buy. In the fifty dollar range, I would be tempted to go bottle.
OVERALL: O. H. Ingram River Aged Straight Whiskey, I found interesting whiskey. Aged in a floating “rickhouse” at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, in Ballard County, Kentucky. The theory being the gentle rocking of the barrels enhances the aging process. This process has its roots in the river transport of barreled distillate from Bourbon County delivered to New Orleans, with the transformed taste that apocryphally led to our native spirit. Does it make a difference? I have no idea, but there are a lot of people putting barrels on ocean voyages, riverboats, playing music to them, and even aging in cranberry bogs.
I have an issue with brands using invented or unrelated stories to support the “marketing” of their spirits. I don’t see that as an issue with O.H. Ingram. They have family history tied to the river and actually age on floating barges. They don’t hide the source, age, or mash bills of their product. Starting from typically quality rye and bourbon distillate from MGP in Indiana, aging for over three years and blended well, has produced a straight whiskey. It has a surprising depth for a young age. I found it drinkable neat, better with ice, but not particularly suitable for cocktails. My only issue with this product is the price, which is high for what it is. Understanding that the cost of sourcing and barreling probably drives this cost. If you find it in a bar, or you have the resource and drinking curiosity, I would not dissuade you from giving this one a try.
NOSE: Caramel | Young Grain | Baking Spices | Cherry
TASTE: Toffee | Pepper | Oak | Hint of Grain
FINISH:Nice long finish with vanilla and a lingering spice.
SHARE WITH: Curious craft bourbon drinkers and those who like a higher proof bourbon.
WORTH THE PRICE: I think $75 pushes the high end for cask strength bourbon less than four years old and and for craft bourbon in general. There are better bourbons for a lower price. However this bourbon has something to like.
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: Again, at this price, I would put this one in the Bar category. I will say I find this bourbon enjoyable.
OVERALL: Now we're talking! If you have been following my Black Button Bourbon reviews you know that their Signature Four Grain Bourbon and Double Oaked Bourbon didn’t quite do the trick for me at 84 proof. This cask strength version at 110.2 proof has something going for it. Yes, on the nose you still get that young bourbon note, however on the palate the richness of the bourbon starts go come through and has a very nice finish. Still a slight hint of young bourbon but more flavors as well. Note that Black Button bourbons are non-chill filtered.
Also interesting to note that while the label on the bottle states that it is aged for at least two years, according to the distillery the blend includes barrels in age from 36 to 50 months. The plan is to offer the Cask Strength Bourbon at 5 years old sometime in the future. Presently Black Button Distilling ships product to 38 states.