Review: Wathen’s Single Barrel Kentucky Bourbon

Wathens94 Proof, 47% Alcohol, Mash Bill:77% Corn, 10% Rye, 13% Malted Barley

NAS (No Age Statement)

Wathen’s whiskey seems to be a mystery to many. Indeed, when we posted a picture to our Instagram page, another bourbon lover quickly commented that they were curious to hear our thoughts, since the few reviews they’ve seen were “fairly underwhelming.” But this isn’t our first bottle of Wathen’s, in fact it’s quite a house favorite and we grab it whenever we see it. In a world where many brands are more about marketing than making great whiskey, Wathen’s is kind of the opposite. The name is wrong, the label uninspiring and confusing. That big bold “Eight” stands for generations of Medley distillers, rather than years in the barrel. We do love the typical Medley Bros. square bottle that reminds us of old west medicine flasks. Since each batch comes from different barrels, it has been hit-and-miss occasionally. But most of the time it’s on the mark.

Nose:

Soft orange citrus with a hint of caramel and cinnamon

Appearance:

Dark amber with leisurely meandering legs

Mouth:

Wathen’s almost always reminds us of an amusing day at the county fair. Tastes of chewy caramel, brown sugar, and a bit of spice. A long lingering finish with a mild alcohol heat on the middle of the tongue. Overall it’s very smooth and mellow, unpretentious but fun. And even a little surprisingly complex. After breathing for while, we picked up quite a bit of cherry on the back end.

Conclusion:

This is one of our favorites for whiskey in the $30 range. It won’t wow your snobby friends, but it will definitely give you a good time. We tested it back to back with one of our other favorites from the Medley Bros. family, Medley’s Private Stock 10 Years Old and it held up quite well. The Private Stock seemed a bit smoother and more elegant, but maybe not quite as much rowdy fun. And it is a few more bucks.

Rating:

🥃🥃🥃1/2

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