Micro Monday Review #71 Asbury Park Small Batch Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Updated: Feb 21, 2021
Distillery: Asbury Park Distillery
Age: 2.5 Years
BACKGROUND: Asbury Park Distillery is a craft distillery from Asbury Park, NJ. Since their launch they have expanded their product line to include a double oaked MGP sourced whiskey and an in-house, NJ whiskey straight whiskey. They use all NJ grains and NJ water to proof it down. Their master distiller studied in Scotland and has crafted a unique and tasty whiskey.
NOSE: There’s some sweet oak, vanilla, rye spice, and loads of fresh cut hay. There is a strong scent and hint of scotch that is really enjoyable. It has richness to the nose that’s surprising for the age. (17/25)
PALATE: A ton of rye spice, some light vanilla, some bitter chocolate notes, and light attributable to the age. The flavors are bold and complex which is nice for a young whiskey. (29/40)
FINISH: Long finish, lots of spice, oak, leather, quite chewy and palatable. (20/25)
VALUE: With an SRP OF $50 this is a little pricey. We think it should be priced at $40 (7/10)
FINAL THOUGHTS: This is a tasty, craft whiskey with a lot of pride behind. Their flagship brand is sourced from MGP and is double oaked and quite tasty. However, their in-house whiskey is tasty, bold, and has a lot of promise once they scale and can age more! We look forward to trying their future releases.
Similar & Slightly Better Whiskey: Sonoma Brother's Batch 1 Bourbon
Similar & Equal Whiskey: 1792 Small Batch
Similar & Slightly Worse Whiskey: Basil Hayden
Tell us what you think and give us some feedback!
96-100: The perfect dram, juice of the gods
90-95: Near perfect, truly incredible whiskey
85-89: Amazing whiskey, will always try to keep a backup bottle of this
80-84: Very good, some minor flaws here or there
75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink, Will try and keep a bottle on the shelf
70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get this
60-69: Decent, would offer this up to non whiskey drinkers
50-59: Not my cup of tea
Below 50: Give away