This blog has sat dormant for a bit, which is kinda what happens when life kicks you around. They say that people raising kids are too tired to raise hell, seems to be true at least in my case. But since I find myself back in the land of race horses and Bourbon whiskey, I went on a distillery tour of the smallest distillery I’ve been to yet: Boundary Oak.
Coincidently I spent more money on some “small batch whiskey” than I should have. One bottle of Lincoln Straight Bourbon and a bottle of Blackhorse 1901 which I may give away as a gift to a fellow Cavalryman who served in that regiment (or may not, have no idea if he’s a whiskey man so I’ll make a few discreet inquiries). I served with the 2d Cavalry Regiment, which is the Army’s longest continually serving Regiment. Although I had several friends serve with the Blackhorse, and even have a handful of National Training Center rotations under my belt (even as far back as fighting those wily Kraznovians).
But…on to the tasting notes from the current offerings Boundary Oak.
Moonshine: Tastes like college to me, not a lot of whiskey character as it’s a traditional cane sugar distillate. But if you are into neutral spirits it seems to be a good one.
Patton Diesel: Tastes like good Irish whiskey without the peaty and smokey flavors. Lots of vanilla and a hint of sweet. Less character than a good aged blended whiskey, but quite smooth and drinkable.
Blackhorse 1901: Tastes like decent Scotch minus the peaty and smokey notes, not as strong on the vanilla notes but a bit of a citrus (reminded me of orange peel) in it and a hint of licorice. Not bourbon as it is aged in a used barrel (as is Scotch and Irish whiskey), so it’s quite approachable in terms of not being too harsh on the tongue. Reminds me of Famous Grouse a bit.
Lincoln Straight Bourbon: Has a “both young and old” taste to it. Lots of the spicy, cinnamon notes but also quite a few of the deeper charred oak caramels, vanilla, and some fruity hints (I thought maybe almost ripe cherries). A “straight bourbon” is aged to at least two years before bottling, and there are lots of straight bourbon options on the market, with familiar names like Old Crow, Jim Beam, Evan Williams, Wild Turkey, which are all priced much more modestly than Boundary Oak’s Lincoln Straight Bourbon, but, none of those more affordable options have the same “liveliness” on the tongue which Lincoln’s Straight Bourbon shares with Maker’s 46 (which is also a pretty penny per bottle).
Cinnful 69: A cinnamon whiskey, if you like Fireball, you’ll like this. I think this is where the batches of whiskey go that the distiller doesn’t know what else to do with, the Madagascar cinnamon is such an overpowering note that I couldn’t taste anything else. Reminded me of going to the Liberty Theater as a kid and eating some of my Dad’s “Hot Tamale” candy.
Gin. Not yet offered on their products page, but an American style gin, which was very drinkable as the juniper notes were “fruity” rather than “oily” which you can get with some gins. As I am not a big gin drinker I felt that the taste profile was very mild compared to something like Seagrams.
Boundary Oak’s website: http://boundaryoakdistillery.com/
Follow up review of Lincoln American Whiskey: https://wanderingthroughthenight.wordpress.com/2018/12/18/tasting-notes-boundary-oak-lincoln-whiskey/