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Review #​155 Bear Creek Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Distillery: Bear Creek Distillery

Proof: 90

Age: 3 years

Mashbill: N/A

BACKGROUND: In 2012 Bear Creek opened their doors with the goal to produce the greatest bourbon to come out of Colorado. All grains are mashed, fermented, matured, and distilled in house. The employees take great pride in producing the highest quality dram. Each batch is aged in 53 gallon American white oak barrels for at least 2 years. The flavor is said to mimic Colorados warm days and cool nights.

NOSE: The nose was a bit hard to pull from at first showing light notes of oak and leather. After adding a drop of water, it opens right up. Bold flavors of maple brown sugar are followed by tobacco, banana, charred oak, and roasted barley dance around your senses with a delightful undertone of baking spice. (22/25)

PALATE: A very thick and creamy feel flows around your mouth after the first sip, lined with flavors of molasses and brown sugar. As I took the second sip I was able to pull light flavors of dried fruits, tobacco, and baking spice. (28/40)

FINISH: A relatively short finish, leaving you with the notes of dried fruits, tobacco, and leather that mellow into a light charred spice. (21/25)

VALUE: For $50 this is a wonderful bottle for anyone who loves the dark notes of whiskey. (7/10)

Overall: 78/100

FINAL THOUGHTS: Bear Creek Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a delightful dram full of dark notes that would make a delightful cocktail, or perfect for a cold winter night.

Slightly Better Whiskey: Bulleit Bourbon

Equal Whiskey: Wild Turkey Longbranch

Slightly Worse Whiskey: Redemption Bourbon

Scoring Legend:

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

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