- Distillery: Infuse Distillery
- Spirit: Bourbon
- Aged: Unspecified
- Proof: 95
- Purchase Price: $29.99
From the Distiller: “Broken Barrel Bourbon features a unique blend of corn, rye, and barley that makes it perfectly balanced to infuse. We taste the Kentucky-distilled bourbon after six months to ensure quality and then move the bourbon into steel tanks. In the latter containers, the batches incorporate our OAK BILL: new French oak, ex-bourbon barrel, and a blend of sherry cask staves. Rich, complex, layered and beyond beautiful, Broken Barrel goes where others won’t, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.”
– 40% French Oak Staves
– 40% Ex-Bourbon Cask Staves
– 20% Sherry Cask Staves
Nose: Honeysuckle, sweet creamed corn, clove, muddling spices
Palate: Spiced plum, toasted oak, leather, honey, sherry
Body: Mild and smooth
Finish: Punchy finish with full flavors of ethanol and corn mash that fade to a sharp charred oak
Conclusion: For the price, it is an incredibly smooth pour. The nose is nice and sweet, the lack of punch or heat lets the focus be on discerning the flavors rather than combating heat as one might expect from a young and affordable pour. The sherry isn’t incredibly prominent, mostly being undertones you look for rather than a dominant flavor. The plum was unexpected, but a nice compliment to the initial sweetness of the palate. The ending is a little more harsh, really opening up to those alcoholic corn flavors that denote a young bourbon. The pour was overall very enjoyable. For a $30 bottle, we were pleasantly surprised.
Greg Sinadinos started his spirits journey writing a whiskey periodical for Fine Tobacco NYC Magazine. He began answering review requests under a social media page he named “Whiskey Culture,” which quickly merged with Greg’s passion for connecting with others and his interest in history.
Today, Greg travels the country not just looking for great whiskey, but also exploring the history and individuals that the whiskey community is founded upon. He has authored “Whiskey History From Around The World” and is the host of “The Rickhouse” web series.