Our Double Barrel Bourbon Whiskey has an interesting story to tell. We set our Four Grain Bourbon to age in barrels of New York State White Oak, hand charred over open flames, but after that first year, the wood proved too tight and began to split. We decided to re-barrel into new, hand charred American White Oak from the Ozark Mountains in Missouri. As the barrel contributes so much to the flavor, this batch was destined to be a one of a kind spirit.
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BLACK BUTTON DISTILLING DOUBLE BARREL 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: Bread Dough | Baking Spices | Cherry | Vanilla
TASTE: Oak | Spice | Vanilla
FINISH: A creamy, short finish with a burst of spice
SHARE WITH: Bourbon drinkers interested in a craft four-grain expression. Also those who are interested in double oaked bourbons.
WORTH THE PRICE: $75 for a young, low proof, craft bourbon is a little too high in my mind. I find it has a better taste than the standard Black Button Four Grain however. It is not available right now but scheduled to return in 2021
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: The price, proof and age of this expression makes this a definite bar pick or try it at the tasting room when it is available.
OVERALL: This bourbon was started as the Black Button Four Grain expression aging in barrels of New York State White Oak, hand charred over open flames. After the first year, the wood was too tight and began to split. The bourbon was re-barreled into new, hand charred American White Oak from Missouri.
The distillery labels this as an “unique and spicier version” of their signature 4 grain bourbon. I agree it is spicier than the signature bourbon and has a slightly richer taste. For more info on the signature 4 Grain Bourbon check out my previous review.
As I mentioned before, this is not available right now. According to the distillery another batch will be available in 2021.