Jun 9, 2018

Witherspoon Straight Bourbon Total Wine & More Single Barrel Pick...

Witherspoon Straight Bourbon Total Wine & More Single Barrel Pick (50.0%): I am awfully late for this one... A close friend of mine and a colleague who is also a very proud Texan brought me this bottle months and months ago from his home state and I somehow couldn't find a chance to pop it open before today. I am very sorry Patrick... Let's make it up... It is a single barrel (#F043) Witherspoon straight bourbon whiskey picked by Total Wine & MoreWitherspoon Distillery is founded by former US Marines in 2011 in Lewisville, Texas just north of Dallas. They distill single malt whiskeys besides bourbon as well and also bottle cocktails and a bourbon cream liquor. Their bourbon has a mash bill of 75% corn and the rest is rye and malted barley.

Color: Dark amber with an orange tint. Beautiful color with slow moving fat oily legs...

Nose: Maple sugar candies, caramel filling and sugar coated coriander seeds. Sticky toffee pudding, toasted oak and caramel popcorns. A bowl of gummi bears. I like this nose. A lot... So far, so good...

Palate: I was expecting a lot more sweeter palate after that cotton candy nose but this doesn't have anything to do with it... Like somebody swapped my glass right after I nosed when I was looking the other way. The palate and the nose are polar opposites... It is borderline peppery, bitter and spicy hot. Red pepper flakes, cinnamon and cracked black peppercorns. Oily and metallic notes like drinking water from an old rusty flask or licking a 9V battery. I was so startled and ended up tasting it multiple times seriously doubting my palate but the result was always the same. A hint of caramel and toffee is trying to make an entrance with every new sip but in a split second a peppery, metallic and bitter wave takes over, covers all and numbs your mouth. Bummer...

Finish: Long and incredibly dry. Rust, red pepper and bitter oak.

Overall: Well, you can probably tell at this point that I am disappointed... Mostly because the nose was so promising. For a minute it made me believe that I had something very special in the glass but unfortunately the palate and finish were big letdowns. Oh, well... Thanks again to Patrick Traylor for carrying this bottle all the way from Texas...

Price: $39