Updated: May 12, 2021
Distillery: Bear Creek Distillery
Age: 3 years
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 profile in BCD’s bourbon is said to mimic Colorado’s 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. Scents 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 you mouth after the first sip, lined with flavors of molasses and bron sugar. As I took the second sip I was able to pull light flavors of dried fruits, tobacco, and baking spice. (29/40)
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)
FINAL THOUGHTS: Bear Creek Straight Bourbon Whiske is a delightful dram full of dark notes that would be make a delightful cocktail, or perfect for a cold winter night.
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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