Classification: Bourbon Finished with a Honey Soaked American Oak Spiral
Company: Oak & Eden
Distillery: Sourced from an undisclosed distillery(ies)
Release Date: October 2022 (Ongoing)
Mashbill: Undisclosed (Includes wheat)
Color: Dark Orange-Copper
MSRP: $60 (2022)
Honey soaked raisins | Blackberry | Cinnamon roll | Caramel | Leather
Raisin | Honey | Brown sugar | Sharp seasoned oak | Touch of leather | Slight funk | Rich
Light spice, quickly turns to sweet notes | Nutmeg | Caramel | Brown sugar | Honey | Lingering sweetness
Oak & Eden Wheat & Honey is a fun play on marrying honey and bourbon, and while purists might disagree, the honey-soaked oak spire makes for a fun talking point.
Oak & Eden was founded in April 2017 by brothers Joe and Jamie Giildenzopf and Brad Neathery. In May 2018 they launched their first product, and now offer a variety of different whiskeys. Each is finished in a unique way - a five inch long wood spiral, which the company refers to as the “Spire,” is added to each bottle to finish it.
Oak & Eden doesn’t put much focus on the base whiskeys they use, which are sourced, and instead focuses on the spire put in each bottle. Wheat & Honey utilizes wheated bourbon in the whiskey’s base, and then adds a honey-soaked oak spire directly to the bottle. Not surprisingly, that’s where their focus is.
You might expect a mess here, but the end result is fairly well integrated even if it does have its flaws. Flavors are rich and developed, and unless you’re a diehard traditionalist, the oak spire in the bottle makes for a good talking point. The honey finish can feel a bit heavy-handed at times, and the oak spire brings a slight oak sharpness along with it, but the whiskey makes up for these flaws with plenty of flavor that will surely please those who enjoy honey-finished bourbons.
The bottle in review comes from Batch B002.