It could appear an odd alternative, however in an age the place single barrels, single distilleries, and transparency rule the bourbon world, Fistful of Bourbon is taking a completely antithetical method—and it’s fairly good.
Produced by Scottish whisky home William Grant and Sons (which is understood for such manufacturers as Monkey Shoulder, Glenfiddich, and Balvenie), Fistful of Bourbon is a mix of 5 straight bourbons from 5 separate distilleries that makes up a ultimate bourbon whiskey.
5 whiskeys, one bottle, two years of age or extra. That’s it. That’s all we’ve obtained.
It’s exhausting to guess what they is likely to be, which could flip off a few of the drinkers on the market. Giant bourbon producers exist all around the nation. Kentucky and Indiana make a ton, positive, however so do Tennessee and another states that may shock you. However as soon as they’re blended, it turns into a novel drink. And individuals who want to have a look at the brown liquid of their glass as an expression of a selected place and time received’t have a lot to go on: no Kentucky roots, or moonshining legacy, no legendary warehouse or hallowed nonetheless.
And you understand what? That’s nice with us. We’re all about good mixing, and we’re all for folks shopping for whiskey from different distilleries to make their very own product—it introduced us every part from Kentucky Owl to Excessive West and Clean Ambler Outdated Scout. And in Scotland it has introduced Johnnie Walker, Dewar’s, Monkey Shoulder, and numerous different manufacturers to shoppers. However many whiskey drinkers count on to know the place the whiskey is being sourced from, and for essentially the most half get a solution.
However maybe hypothesis is irrelevant. At $25, the value of this bottle is hardly value quibbling over, particularly if it’s tasty. That’s near effectively bourbon for bartenders, and in contrast with a few of the $60 and $100 bourbons available on the market as we speak, it’s so much simpler to drop two fingers of this one over some ice or combine it with a number of components to make a cocktail on the fly.
And that’s a superb factor, as a result of Fistful has plenty of taste. The nostril is corn heavy, with tons of toffee sweetness. Tasting it yields some muted spices, and a protracted, clove, and rye end.
At an official mark of two years of age, it’s a surprisingly polished bourbon, displaying some finesse and sufficient warmth to make its presence identified in a drink. Are there cheaper bottles available on the market? Certain. And better-tasting ones. However this one hits a pleasant candy spot in between, deserving of some hype.
For the second, they’ve solely rolled out bottles to the (very massive) Texas whiskey market, however as extra product begins to come back out, chances are you’ll be seeing this one pop up extra usually. Once you do, get your palms on it. It’s value it.