Inexperienced River made welcome waves final 12 months on the planet of inexpensive bourbon with the launch of its first eponymous, house-distilled providing, a rye-heavy mashbill, five-year-old bourbon costing all of $35. At Drinkhacker HQ, we had been impressed. And apparently, we weren’t the one ones, as Bardstown Bourbon Co. acquired the distillery that summer time.
For 2023, Inexperienced River and its new homeowners added to their portfolio with Wheated Bourbon, one other exceedingly strong worth, and extra not too long ago this bottle, a full proof single barrel solely obtainable on the distillery in Owensboro. This primary high-octane Inexperienced River launch (subtitled Head Distiller’s Choose #1) was chosen from Warehouse B by Head Distiller Aaron Harris. It was drawn from the flagship, rye-mash bourbon shares (70% corn, 21% rye, 9% malted barley) and aged at the very least 5 years.
Followers can count on subsequent single barrels to reach on the distillery reward store all through the approaching months and years, however this primary launch can also be one thing of a calling card to on- and off-premise retailers who may have the power to hand-select single casks on-site on the distillery sooner or later. Let’s test it out.
On the nostril, the rye shines at full proof, eclipsing the peppery grassiness present in the usual expression and delivering layers of soppy baking spice – clove and nutmeg – and ripe stone fruit; a shiny, recent peach word turns into extra baked and caramelized because it opens. The palate is a bit punchy with ethanol up entrance, transitioning to a simmering minty spice. For a comparatively younger bourbon, it’s nonetheless impressively advanced with a beneficiant oily texture. Darkish vanilla bean and cinnamon sugar give option to notes of baked apple and complete cloves on the midpalate, which lastly finds a snug darkish caramel sweetness amid the preliminary wave of black pepper earlier than eroding right into a heat, spicy end of Cracker Jacks, barrel char, and Purple Hots. A splash of water rounds out the spicier edges however tempers a few of these traditional flavors with out an excessive amount of in return. Nonetheless, it’s a powerful youthful, high-proof single barrel that hits the precise worth level.
A- / $60 / greenriverdistilling.com