Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Calumet Farm Bourbon: Don't Buy the Farm!
This is something I picked up on a lark. It's an independently bottled, no age statement Kentucky bourbon. The label is owned by Western Spirits out of Bowling Green, Kentucky, and it's bottled by Three Springs Bottling Company, also in Bowling Green. Normally I wouldn't bother with a no-name sourced whiskey, but this stuff seems to be widely available, and these days, that's saying something. It's my dream to find one of these easy to find bourbons that's actually really good. That being said, I only noticed after I purchased it that it is not labeled "straight" bourbon, which likely means that it is very young or at least contains some very young bourbon.
Calumet Farm Bourbon, 43% abv ($50)
The nose has some floral notes as well as some alcohol fumes. The palate is very light but has some sweet candy bourbon notes with banana. The finish is sweet and slightly medicinal. It's not bad, but it tastes like a decent bourbon that's been watered down way to much.
This seems to be the case of a company dumping some mediocre, sourced whiskey into a pretty bottle and hoping people will shell out $50 for it...which I did. Based on flavor and the odds, this is most likely Heaven Hill, but standard Evan Williams black label is better than this at a fraction of the price.