2023 Watershed Fall Finishing Series 6 Year Apple Brandy Barrel Finished Straight Bourbon, Batch No.
2023 Watershed Fall Finishing Series 6 Year Apple Brandy Barrel Finished Straight Bourbon, Batch No. 004 Review
This allocated annual release is available exclusively via lottery from the distillery in Columbus, OH.
The lottery opened on October 4… and closes on October 26 at 11:59 PM. Winners will be notified on October 27. Pickup will begin on October 28 at Watershed Distillery.
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Age: 6+ years
The apple brandy finish comes from brandy distilled by Watershed… from a rotating blend of 12 different red apple varietals from Ohio
Proof off the still: 136.7°
Initial barrel entry proof: 115°
Finishing barrel entry proof: 125°
Bottling Proof: 127.5°
Barrel char No. 4
Cooperage: Speyside in Jackson, OH
Fermentation: 96 hours
Mashbill: 72% corn, 21% rye, 7% malted barley
Color 👁️: maple syrup
Nose 👃: Tart apple. Baking spices. Vanilla. Caramel. Oak. Earthy. Slight cider cider vinegar.
Palate 👅: Tart apple. Black pepper. Black cherry. Caramel. Earthy/black walnut. Grassy. Baking spices. Oak. Highly viscous mouthfeel.
Finish 🏁: Baking spices. Toffee. Tart apple. Oak. Long in length. Dry.
Overall thoughts? This is my first experience with Watershed’s apple brandy finish at cask strength… and it’s an enjoyable experience. The grassy & earthy combo is prominent. If you like bourbon with earthy profiles… you’re going to love this gem. The apple brandy finish is definitely there, but it’s far from overpowering. Everything about this pour has me ready for cooler weather. Its definitely a fall and winter pour… and I’m here for it!