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Blue Note Juke Joint Whiskey Review

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Blue Note is named after world-famous Memphis blues music. Like the blues, Blue Note is bold yet smooth. It embodies Southern culture and Delta flavor.B.R. Distilling
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Blue Note Juke Joint Whiskey Review


  • PRODUCER: B.R. Distilling Company, LLC
  • DISTILLER: Undisclosed
  • MASH BILL: 70% Corn | 21% Rye | 9% Malted Barley
  • Batch Size: 20 Barrels
  • AGE: A minimum of three years
  • YEAR: 2020
  • PROOF: 93 Proof (46.5% ABV), Unfiltered
  • MSRP: $29.99
  • BUY ONLINE: Wine-Searcher.com

NOSE:  Fresh Cut Grass  |  Ripe Red Fruit  |  Butterscotch

TASTE:  Almond  | Black Pepper |  Juicy Fruit Gum

FINISH: Medium finish with bitter tannins and an oak chaser.

SHARE WITH:  A Jack Black or Jim White drinker that wants a more structured whiskey under 4 years of age.  Old Tub fans should try this one too.

WORTH THE PRICE: At $29.99 MSRP, it is less expensive than many craft whiskey products and a better body than many bottom shelf products.

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: Bottle.  This is a little too young for me to drink often but this is a promising pour.  At three years+ this has a better mouthfeel and body than many other young whiskeys but needs some more time in the wood to be a neat pour at my house.

OVERALL: The first time I experience a new whiskey, I look for authenticity in the label and something other than creative writing and graphic design to justify the cost of a pour at a bar or the MSRP at a retail store.  I appreciate the bottle design and a synthetic cork with a simple label concept that is not ostentatious.

Blue Note Juke Joint Whiskey, however, is distilled in Kentucky but “crafted in Memphis” by B.R. Distilling Company.  The label doesn’t explicitly state where aging occurred, but B.R.’s website indicates they offer bottle storage in Memphis.

The MSRP and design are attractive, but I still want a few more years on this product before I seek it out for regular rotation on my home bar.  The mouthfeel and viscosity are what really separates this product from similarly priced competitors, but it is still too much of a one note product, even if that note is blue. Given the age, I would assume this is a contract distilled by Castle & Key or Bardstown Bourbon Company

This is on par with the well-received Old Tub product by Beam and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with $30 for this one.  I’d stock this one as a cocktail base next to a Rittenhouse Rye as a solid well bourbon.

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Disclaimer: B.R. Distilling Company, LLC provided Bourbon & Banter with a sample of their product for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow us to review their products with no strings attached. Thank you.

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Raised in the great state of Tennessee, Matt has a hard time admitting the native spirit of the Bluegrass neighbor to the north captured his obsession (& most of his wallet). Having progressed through the red solo cup days to a passion for a barrel-proof wheated bourbon, neat, Matt is always on the hunt for the next bottle. When he is not scouting or sipping bourbon, Matt spends time with his wife and four children. When he needs money for the next trip to Bardstown, Matt manages a wealth management firm. He always buys bourbon to drink and believes nothing should come between friends except two rocks glasses and a three-finger pour.
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Raised in the great state of Tennessee, Matt has a hard time admitting the native spirit of the Bluegrass neighbor to the north captured his obsession (& most of his wallet). Having progressed through the red solo cup days to a passion for a barrel-proof wheated bourbon, neat, Matt is always on the hunt for the next bottle. When he is not scouting or sipping bourbon, Matt spends time with his wife and four children. When he needs money for the next trip to Bardstown, Matt manages a wealth management firm. He always buys bourbon to drink and believes nothing should come between friends except two rocks glasses and a three-finger pour. Read Matt's full profile.

  • Avatar Cj says:

    I’m a fan of old tub, so this us a must try!