Mar 02

Tatoosh Bourbon – Review

tatoosh-bourbonTatoosh Hand Crafted Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey

80 Proof

Price Point: $45 – $55 for 750 ML

Distiller: Tatoosh Distillery

 

Background

Does the picture to left look a little funny compared to my normal images?  It should.  That’s because I didn’t buy a bottle of Tatoosh Bourbon; I had samples sent to me from the co-founder (read my post about social media for an explanation).

The Tatoosh Distillery is in the whiskey capital of the world – Seattle, Washington.  Yeah, I thought that was a little weird, too.  My mom always told me not to judge a book by its cover, and I suppose I shouldn’t judge a whiskey by its geographic upbringing (case in point – Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey).  I sat on the samples I received for a little bit as I was busy reviewing other whiskeys, but finally had the time to find out what Tatoosh Bourbon is all about.

 

Review

Tatoosh has a really nice corn / oak combination on the nose.  It’s sweet; very reminiscent of Ridgemont Reserve.

This is really a delicious bourbon.  Tatoosh is very sweet and well-aged.  There’s dark cherries here and plenty of oak to show that quality bourbon isn’t only from Kentucky.  I’d probably like to taste a higher proof bottling – 40% just isn’t doing it for me these days (although Tatoosh does a good job of not tasting too thin).

The finish has a little bit of a bite (in a good way), with real big oak finding its way onto the palate once again.  I also detect a hint of green apple.

 

Rating & Recommendations

I may have been skeptic of Tatoosh at first, but they make a solid bourbon, earning an 87 out of 100.

These guys are off to a really great start with their whiskey, and I would recommend picking up a bottle if it’s available in your area.

 

-Ryan

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    • Josh on April 25, 2013 at 8:49 pm
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    Tattoosh is a found bourbon made in Oregon I believe, not Washington. The owners of the brand are from WA, but they don’t make it, they just are rebottlers.

      • Ryan on April 27, 2013 at 12:38 pm
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      I really do not know if that is accurate or not. Perhaps Tatoosh’s owners can weigh in here?

      -Ryan

    • Laurie on July 20, 2013 at 6:11 pm
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    check out the Tatoosh page on F/B

    • Chris on January 2, 2014 at 2:47 pm
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    It’s not technically a “found” bourbon, since it is made at the Benidistillery in Bend for Tatoosh, but there is no actual Tatoosh distillery. they are just a marketing and sales company. it even says on the Tatoosh website that “All stages of the whiskey making process are carried out at the Bend facility.”

    • Bendite on April 1, 2014 at 12:17 pm
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    A little homework will show that bend distillery is also a “found spirit” company with no mashing or production still in property. All bulk totes of spirit from indy.

    • Rick on June 14, 2015 at 4:10 pm
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    I tasted Tatoosh on a cruise to Canada, I had to have some so I bought a bottle… What a great sipping whiskey. I’m a fan for life!!

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