Price Point: $45 – $55 for 750 ML
Distiller: Tatoosh Distillery
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.
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.