- DISTILLER: Litchfield Distillery
- MASH BILL: 70% Corn | 25% Rye | 5% Barley
- AGE: At Least 3 Years in #4 Charred Oak
- YEAR: 2018
- PROOF: 122.2 (61.1% ABV)
- MSRP: $54.95
- AVAILABILITY: At the Distillery, or at stores, restaurants, and bars in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
NOSE: Oak | Dark Fruit | Fruitcake | Vanilla
TASTE: Vanilla | Dry Oak | Caramel | Dark Fruit | Black Pepper
FINISH: Long and heavy, with berries, oak, and slight spice helped bring a little more balance to this one.
SHARE WITH: Folks who are always looking for something new.
WORTH THE PRICE: This is barrel proof, so, absolutely.
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: This is a delicious Bourbon and I am thrilled to rate it a Bottle. However, the heavy char could be a turn-off for some. If that’s the case, then try it at a bar first.
OVERALL: I know the first question many of you have is, “Is this MGP?” The answer is a definitive, “No.” Litchfield does not source its whiskey. They obtain their corn, rye, and barley from local farmers to create their own mash and distillate.
The appearance was a very deep, dark amber that certainly gave the impression it was much older than three years. It left a very thin rim on the glass and created thick, heavy legs.
Aromas of oak and fruit presented when my glass was lifted to chin level. As I raised it to my lips, that changed to fruitcake. Not the stuff that folks regift for umpteen Christmases, but the one you keep for yourself. When I let it hover under my nostrils, vanilla took over. Then, inhaling through my mouth brought the fruitcake right back.
The mouthfeel was thick and creamy. My palate first picked up vanilla, corn, and dry oak. Mid-palate the #4 char became obvious as it got smokey. The smoke then calmed to dark fruit, caramel, and black pepper, almost like a wave cresting and breaking.
The finish was long and heavy, with berries, oak, and a slight spiciness. But, there was no burn from which to speak. It made me question the 122.2° the label stated.
Overall, this is a young Bourbon that drinks older than its age statement. If I have to identify a negative, the char mid-palate could be too strong for some, but that’s something I appreciate and enjoy. This is absolutely not your run-of-the-mill me-too Bourbon and provides a truly unique experience. I’m happy to have a bottle in my library. Cheers!
BATCHERS’ STRAIGHT BOURBON CASK STRENGTH
Bourbon whiskey straight from the cask is a true aficionado’s spirit. Aging in our charred oak cooperage invites a broad spectrum of luscious flavors. Even at 122 proof, this bourbon drinks smooth with a distinctly complex character that evolves on the palate.
Disclaimer: Litchfield Distillery 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.