Classification: Rye Finished in Bourbon Casks
Company: Eastside Distilling
Distillery: Sourced (from undisclosed distillery[ies])
Release Date: 2021
Color: Dark Copper
MSRP: $40 (2021)
Rye Spice | Creme brulee | Wintergreen | Light strawberry cream
Rye Spice | Vanilla custard | Pine | Apple crumble | Light strawberry cream | Buttery mouthfeel
Baking spice | Oak | Slightly dry | Touch of malt | Scotchy aftertaste
Eastside Distilling states that they are the country's first and only publicly traded craft distillery. Their reach is ever growing, acquiring Big Bottom Distilling, owning their own bottle and can companies, along with owning Azuñia Tequila. They are upfront, declaring Burnside Whiskey doesn’t distill their own whiskey and instead focus on finishing their blends in unique 60 gallon casks made with Oregon white oak from the Quercus Garryana tree species.
Despite their Burnside Goose Hollow RSV Bourbon only being finished for 45 days, the impact the unique oak has on the bourbon is pronounced. For their Bourbon Casked Rye, they take their blended rye and finish it in those same used Burnside Goose Hollow RSV Bourbon casks.
The result is a whiskey that quickly grows on you. Potent rye spice contrasted by custard and pine with a very enjoyable buttery mouthfeel makes it mark. The Oregon white oak cask finish surprisingly doesn’t get lost with the extra layers of complexity, and is most noticeable on the aftertaste. It adds just enough spin to the traditional rye and bourbon flavors present, coming together to offer an interesting and never boring pour.