By: Fork & Stave
Batch 2, Bottle 607
Proof: 90 Proof (45% ABV)
Filibuster Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is made from a mash of 75% corn, 21% rye and 4% malted barley. According to the label, the whiskey is distilled in Indiana before the whiskey is added to virgin charred white oak barrels. After at least two years, the whiskey is blended with a more mature bourbon to create the perfect balance of flavors, then transferred into white wine-seasoned French oak casks for 60 days.
Tasting Notes: After letting it breathe for 10 minutes, I tasted this bourbon neat.
Nose: Sweet with notes of caramel, vanilla, and a finish of dried fruit.
First Sip: This bourbon hits you right in the face with the wonderful caramel and vanilla flavors. There is an initial burn from the alcohol. Those tastes are followed up with a strong oak flavor as well as hints of raisins and honey.
Mouth Feel: The whiskey mouth feel is smooth and coating with a lingering quality that was pleasant. I would have preferred a little less oak flavor, but it was not something I couldn’t overcome.
Finish: Filibuster Straight Bourbon Whiskey slides down with a bit of additional warmth that you’d expect from a 90 proof whiskey. The flavors linger on the tongue.
Summary: Filibuster has a solid offering in this dual cask, French oak finished whiskey. I enjoyed it neat, but it was a great sip on the rocks as well. Some buyers may find the oak taste a little overpowering, but others may not mind. Something that I think would keep this from being a regular bourbon for me is the price. At $40+ for a 750ml bottle, I think there are other strong players that buyers will have to consider when standing at the shelf of their local liquor store. I’ll be looking forward to sampling their rye offering for an upcoming review.