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The Traditionalist Classic Straight Bourbon Review

The Traditionalist Classic Straight Bourbon Review

Accolades: Gold at 2024 American Craft Spirits Association (Gold is highest!)

Distilled in Spring Valley, Minnesota at Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery

Mashbill: 65% Corn, 19% Rye, 16% toasted oat malt

The corn is estate-grown

Length of fermentation: 7 days

Barrel manufacturer:Kelvin Cooperage

Barrel size: 25 Gallon & 53 Gallon

Barrel char: No. 3

Approximate age: Blend of 29 month and 38 month 

Still manufacturer: Affordable Distilling Equipment (ADE)

Type of still: Pot with a copper helmet and an offset 4 plate whiskey column

Proof coming off the still:150 

Barrel entry proof: 110 

Bottling proof: 90

Nose 👃: Cinnamon.  Nutmeg. Buttercream frosting. Oatmeal raisin cookie. Unsweetened cocoa powder. Barrel char.

Palate 👅: Buttercream frosting.  Nougat. Toffee.  Oatmeal raisin cookie. Sweet tobacco. Orange zest. Oily mouthfeel.

Finish 🏁: Toffee. Cinnamon. Leather. Maple syrup. Coffee. Long in length.

If you’re looking to experience something of quality from a distillery I’m certain you’ve not yet tried… or even know existed… this is a fantastic choice.

The toasted oats component makes for a unique bourbon that clearly differentiates itself from other whiskey you’ve tried before.

I’m definitely curious about other expressions for The Traditionalist.

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