Whiskey Review: Company Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished with Maple Wood
Editor’s note: This whiskey was delivered to us as a review sample by Company Distilling. This in no way, per our editorial guidelines, affected the final result of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking on the buy link at the bottom of this review, our site receives a small referral payment that helps support, but does not affect, our editorial and other costs.
Tennessee was home to only three distilleries until relatively recently: 2009, when laws were relaxed.
Before that, distilling liquor was only legal in Moore, Coffee, and Lincoln counties, where distilleries Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, George Dickel Whiskey, and Prichards’ Rum operate. But when the new law was passed, around 44 counties qualified for distilleries, with producers allowed in all counties where both retail package sales of liquor and liquor-for-beverage sales have been approved locally.
The founders of Company Distilling, based in the Great Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee, were some of those who helped bring these laws into place. And a recent article in Whiskey Advocate shares a few more details about the company and their whiskey: According to the play, the name “Company” was inspired by the idea of producing liquor “worth collecting over”, which is meant to be enjoyed in good company. At the helm of the Company is Jeff Arnett, who previously served as Jack Daniels’ master distiller.
The company currently offers two products: Company Distilling Straight Bourbon whiskey finished in maple, and Ghost Rail Tennessee Dry Gin. They have two distilleries – or one, with another open very soon. There is one at Thompson’s station, while another in Townsend will cut the well-known ribbon in mid-July.
We got a sample of the bourbon to taste. Like the people at Bourbon Obsessed, we did not know much about it, other than that it is a wheat bourbon and both column and casserole distilled. Currently it is only available in Tennessee.
Taste notes: Company Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in Maple Wood
Vital statistics: 90 proof, unknown moss note, distilled in both column and pot still, finished in maple, about $ 56.
Look: Polished copper, or a glass jar of cinnamon held up to dinner light. Have you ever wondered if the color of a dried apricot turned a little tan? That was it.
Nose: Speaking of dried fruit, I get dried mango, vanilla ice cream with lots of vanilla stains (ie Breyers). Mandarins: fresh. And Hershey’s syrup. I think this goes over both fruity and non-fruity desserts.
Gane: Oh wow. I like this very much. It’s not tough at all, it’s smooth and easy to drink and at 90 proof maybe a little too soooo easy to drink. This does not tingle or sparkle on the tongue with pepper, and I’m here for it. It is not heavy, nor is it whipped. It does not taste strong – by that I mean that it does not taste alcohol. At 90-proof it is strong, but you should not believe it. I look forward to seeing what else emerges from these talented people.