Review #34 Red River Texas Single Barrel Bourbon

Updated: Feb 20, 2021

Distillery: Red River

Proof: 96.8

Age: NAS

Mashbill: Undisclosed


BACKGROUND: I spent a few hours trying to find more about this bottle but to no avail. From what I could find it is a proprietary blend of corn, rye and barley. I have never seen this in a store nor seen any pictures of it anywhere.


NOSE: The smell reminds of vanilla extract, oak, and honey. It is not a very complex, deep, or long nose but is simple and sweet. (17/25)


PALATE: The sip is warm and smooth with hints of vanilla, caramel, and oak. There is some nice subtle spice, cornbread, and some dried fruit. The mouthfeel is not too oily but also not as simple as water. (30/40)


FINISH: A nice medium finish with traces of oak, white pepper, and light spice. It is quite simple and the flavors are not too prevalent. (18/25)


VALUE: I have struggled to find much information on this bottle but from what I found this retails for somewhere between $35 - $50. I would say $40 is perfect (8/10)


Overall: 73/100


FINAL THOUGHTS: Overall, this was a pleasant surprise. I got it as a gift and have not been able to find much information on this. It is light, sweet, and easy to drink and would recommend this to any new whiskey drinkers.


Similar & Slightly Better Whiskey: Old Grand-Dad 114

Similar & Equal Whiskey: Weller Special Reserve

Similar & Slightly Worse Whiskey: Black Maple Hills (Purple)


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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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