Henry A. Sipes’ Smoked Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey


Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: Hard Truth Distilling Co.

Distillery: Undisclosed Distillery(ies) in Indiana

Release Date: January 2021

Proof: 90

Age: 4 Years

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Color: Tawny Brown

MSRP: $68 (2021)

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Caramel | Vanilla | Light barrel char | Cigar box | Campfire


Loads of smokiness | Graham cracker | Toasted marshmallow | Cocoa | Burnt brown sugar


Smokiness dissipates with a transition to underlying sweetness | Caramel | Molasses | Tobacco | Dry leather | Long


Finishing a 4 year old bourbon in smoked barrels, this limited edition 90 proof bourbon is going to more than satisfy those with a craving for bourbon with a gripping smokiness in its flavor profile. The marriage of sweet bourbon flavors and smoky campfire flavors might just be the best I’ve experienced to date, though I cannot say this is a common union. With an ever-present smokiness, sweet and savory flavors weave in and out, even reminding me of the taste of fresh s'mores without overdoing the sweetness. In many ways, Smoked Barrel captures the wonderful smoky flavors much like a quality smoky Mezcal, while still managing to maintain the whiskey’s bourbon roots. Worth seeking out for the price if you can find one.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Nick Beiter

June 16, 2021
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