Zachary-Robbins

Woodinville Cask Strength Straight Bourbon

Bourbon — Washington, USA

Tasted
4.75
4.75 out of 5 stars
Bull City Bourbon Club pick, named "Honey Smack'd" Barrel No. 3306, Bottle No. 156 59.96% abv, 119.92 proof Open 1.5 months Nose - Bright honey, boozy mead, artificial cinnamon, young oak, apples and white grapes, bourbon cask strength version of pot-still Irish whiskey Palate - Honey, butterscotch, honey crisp apples, French toast, sweet oatmeal. Finishes with an ethanol punch that was disguised on the nose and tongue, then transforms to a light honey syrup with hints of cinnamon and oak. I took a chance on this expensive craft bourbon because I heard the Bull City Bourbon Club (BCBC) was a new group that has picked some good local stuff in 2020. This drastically exceeded my expectations. I've had a lot of cask strength bourbon in the last 2 years and this is wildly different. While most are spicy and dense in profile, this is light, bright, and sweet. I think the distillery location in Washington lends to a unique profile that is a nice addition to the bourbon category. The name Honey Smack'd by BCBC is appropriate, this tastes like the alcoholic version of Honey Smacks and is more like a strong mead than something like Elijah Craig Barrel Proof. I've been seeing a variety of store picks around NC and I doubt any of them are bad. I highly recommend picking one up, I guesstimate it'll be a welcome change to the typical Kentucky cask strength bourbon.
69.95 USD per Bottle
  • ContemplativeFox

    @Zachary-Robbins I enjoy these silly names, but I suspect you're right that the particular batch matters a lot! I can't imagine "Honey Smack'd" and "Thicc Mintz" as being all that similar of drams.

  • Zachary-Robbins

    @BDanner Good idea, it is pricey. Another Bull City Bourbon Club pick was called Thicc Mintz so my guess is the picks vary a lot.

  • BDanner

    @Zachary-Robbins might have to try a pour at Front Street before committing to a bottle.

  • Zachary-Robbins

    @BDanner I really like it, but I'll stipulate it's a lot different from the cask strengths we find in NC.

  • BDanner

    Wrightsville has a pick and I seriously considered it, but my bad experience with their standard issue Bourbon stopped me. After your review, I may take a flyer.

  • ContemplativeFox

    Glad this was a good pick! For a CS barrel pick, it seems like a good price :)