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Review: 2bar Spirits Bourbon



Seattle-based 2bar Spirits has extended its line of craft hooch with a new, “100% local” bourbon. Regarding its creation, distiller Nathan Kaiser says, “I can’t disclose exact percentages, but it has significantly more malt, and much less wheat than a typical wheated bourbon mashbill.  Barrel entry proof is significantly lower than normal, between 113 and 116 proof.  Our barrels are currently all 15 gallons with a #3 char.  This batch was aged for just over 9 months.” The mash is 95% Washington grain and 5% Oregon grain.

That’s a lot of unusual characteristics for a bourbon, so how does it come across in the finished product?

Pretty darn good for a young craft spirit. The nose is young and a bit grainy, which is to be expected from a spirit of this age (or lack thereof). Along with the cereal, there are ample notes of brown butter, vanilla, and cherries, plus a healthy slug of wood. The body isn’t too far off base: A healthy amount of cereal and popcorn finds balance in toffee notes, butterscotch, and a dusting of Asian spices. The finish is heavy with lumberyard notes, but not overwhelming with sawdust like many small barrel spirits can be. On the whole: Solid craft Bourbon, and much better than most entries into this burgeoning field.

Reviewed: Batch #4. 100 proof.

B+ / $50 / 2barspirits.com

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Christopher Null

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  1. Eric Henao May 12, 2014

    Woah. $$$ for a 375ml…

  2. Nathan Kaiser May 12, 2014

    Hi Eric – One minor correction. The price is $26.95 for a 375ml and $49.95 for a 750ml.

    Regards – Nathan @ 2bar Spirits

  3. Eric Henao May 12, 2014

    Just wanted to say that Nathan Kaiser, owner of 2bar, reached out to me and told me that the price listed here was for the 750ml. The 375ml is $26.95.

    Very nice touch.

  4. Dave May 10, 2015

    The finish on this bourbon is really very good. And I feel that overall it’s very drinkable. You will note a bit of wood and a lot of grain on the palate, but the finish is fruit. There is a hint of cherry yes, but the the main note is peaches. It’s a small distillery, and their bourbon is relatively young. That being said, I think the price point is competitive with other area craft distillers. And I do enjoy the product.


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