Leafy greens | Caramel | Earthy | Fresh barley grain
Caramel cream candy | Butterscotch | Rye spice | Light herbal notes | Oak | Slight creaminess
Dark fruit | Oak | Pepper | Warming on the backend | Medium length
Sourced from Owensboro Distilling Company, Cumberland Falls Straight Bourbon comes from good stock and is approachable, but plays it safe.
Cumberland Falls Straight Bourbon is named after the waterfall in Cumberland Falls State Park in Corbin, Kentucky. According to the state park website, “Cumberland Falls is one of the few places in the world that regularly produces a moonbow. The ‘moonbow,’ also called a white rainbow or lunar rainbow, is formed just like a rainbow—light is refracted in tiny water droplets—and appears for the two or so days, as long as the sky is clear, on either end of the full moon.”
Cumberland Falls Straight Bourbon is sourced from Owensboro Distilling Company (aka Green River Distilling Co.), which is now owned by Bardstown Bourbon Company. We’ll likely see a lot more sourced Owensboro Distilling Company bourbon in the next few years as production continues to ramp up, but for now, Cumberland Falls Straight Bourbon along with brands like Blue Note Bourbon, are some of the early non-distilling producers featuring their distillate.
As expected, Cumberland Falls Straight Bourbon has a lot of similarities with Owensboro Distilling Company’s own brand, Green River Straight Bourbon. That’s not a bad thing as the distillery makes quality affordable bourbon. Cumberland Falls Straight Bourbon doesn’t reach the same age as Green River’s 5+ year old bourbon and its mashbill is more traditional too. The result is a bourbon that doesn’t push any boundaries (besides its rather earthy aroma), and may struggle to make its mark. Nevertheless, it’s a smooth-sipping and approachable bourbon that many will get enjoyment out of.