Updated: Feb 21, 2021
Distillery: Sonoma Brothers
Age: No less than 18 months
Mashbill: Undisclosed (Wheated)
BACKGROUND: Sonoma Brothers is a distillery in Sonoma County, CA. They’re 2 brothers, Chris, a firefighter, and Brandon, a police officer. They launched their distillery in 2012 after going to Michigan State to learn the art and science of distillation and blending. Sonoma Brothers uses all CA grown grain using local farmers which produces a unique flavor to Sonoma CA. They’re passionate about community service and running a small family business. They’re available in CO, NE, WI, IL, CT, DE, FL, MD, MA, NJ, NY, RI, and CA!
NOSE: It’s a lighter nose but has plenty of sweet vanilla, charred oak, cherry notes and some brown sugar! There is no burn whatsoever (20/25)
PALATE: Super smooth with loads of sweet corn, vanilla, lighter oak, and some grassy notes. It’s very smooth but definitely on the lighter side; they did a great job of maintaining flavor while keeping the proof low as some low proofed whiskeys are ultra watery (30/40)
FINISH: The finish is really nice with some sweet cinnamon that tingled my mouth followed by oak and a slightly bitter note I can’t put my tongue on. It’s a longer finish than I expected (20/25)
VALUE: This is a nice buy at $40! They’re craft distillery using local grains and ensuring grain to glass (8/10)
FINAL THOUGHTS: An easy drinking, wheated bourbon made by a great, craft distillery ran by selfless public servants! This is perfect as a daily drinker or in a cocktail! We highly encourage y’all to get a bottle!
Similar & Slightly Better Whiskey: Old Elk Wheated
Similar & Equal Whiskey: Buffalo Trace Kosher Wheat
Similar & Slightly Worse Whiskey: Weller Special Reserve
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