Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Burnside Double Barrel Bourbon: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Calandro's Supermarket

Burnside Double Barrel Bourbon
Burnside Double Barrel Bourbon
A bourbon out of Oregon? That's exactly what we got when we tasted Burnside Double Barrel Bourbon Whiskey. Check out the sideburns adorned by the gentleman on the bottle! The nose is slightly faint with aromas of grass and honeysuckle. Oak and vanilla tones come though as well on the overproofed whiskey. The taste is not faint, though. It is too harsh to sip much straight. Flavors of hay and spicy medicinal tones come forward. The bourbon disappears on the finish, leaving little behind as the astringent liquid goes down the pipe with just a bit of residual heat. The Burnside Double Barrel Bourbon opens up a lot with a little water or an ice cube. At 96 proof, that is to be expected. This is the kind of whiskey you need to put one of those trendy huge ice balls in and let it melt for a while. But then you can get some nice oak flavors. All in all, it is right at the midpoint, which certainly isn't bad.

Burnside Double Barrel Bourbon Whiskey

Average Score 50.33

Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by Calandro's Supermarket. Calandro's has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, Irish, and other whisk(e)ys as well as wine and craft beer. This WW feature was scored by Jay DucoteEric Ducote, and Jeremy Spikes. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own proprietary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y (though not undrinkable) while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 80 is rather extraordinary and anything above 90 is world class.

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