Classification: Straight Tennessee Whiskey
Company: Old Dominick Distillery
Distillery: Old Dominick Distillery
Release Date: March 2023 (Ongoing)
Age: 4 Years
Mashbill: 75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Malted Barley
Color: Dark Gold
MSRP: $70 (2023)
Charred oak | Graham cracker | Maple syrup | Leather | Seasoned oak
Caramel | Vanilla custard | Tobacco | Leather | Candied pecan | Balanced with a medium body
Peppery rye spice | Caramel chews | Seasoned oak | Moderate length & intensity
Old Dominick Distillery showcases their ability to create a high quality whiskey from scratch with Bottled-in-Bond Batch #4.
Old Dominick was originally established in 1866 by Domenico Canale in Memphis, Tennessee. In May 2017, fifth generation grandsons of Canale, Chris and Alex, opened the Old Dominick Distillery in downtown Memphis, with the help of Master Distiller Alex Castle. Old Dominick Bottled-in-Bond Tennessee Whiskey was made available though limited regional release in March 2023, and will see expanded distribution in the future. According to the company’s press release, Bottled-in-Bond is being released in two distinct batches, Batch #3 and Batch #4, which are 5 and 4 years old, respectively.
Batch #4 is a blend of only four barrels. Plenty of detail is provided on the label including the mashbill, the heavy char #4 level used for the barrels, the barrel entry proof of 110, the fall 2018 distillation season, and the whiskey’s age. While the bottled in bond designation is already the highest bar a whiskey can achieve, providing all of this information on the label (much of which is not required), is refreshing.
Overall the whiskey is nicely balanced and well rounded. It exhibits sweet notes as you might expect for a Tennessee whiskey that has undergone the Lincoln County Process, but also shows plenty of depth and carries aged oak notes well even at its relatively young age. It’s a great early release showcasing Old Dominick’s distilling ability, and one that has me excited for more of what they are going to create.