Pinhook Bourbondini


Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: CJS Beverage Corp.

Distillery: Sourced from Castle & Key Distillery

Release Date: 2022

Proof: 100

Age: 3 Years

Mashbill: 75% Corn, 15% Rye, 10% Malted Barley

Color: Light Rose Gold

MSRP: $40 (2022)

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Orange zest | Peaches | Honey | Floral undertone


Rich honey | Clove | Caramel | Butterscotch | Splash of rye spice | Delicate mouthfeel


Cinnamon | Allspice | Raw sugar | Slightly earthy | Lingering rye spice


Showcasing distillate that’s contract distilled by Pinhook at Castle & Key Distillery, Pinhook’s Bourbondini is an easy drinking bourbon with equal parts sweet and spice.

Bourbondini is Pinhook’s flagship 2022 bourbon. Like all of Pinhook’s releases, the name celebrates a race horse. In this case, “Bourbondini,” is a Colt that was foaled May 13, 2019, bred in Kentucky, and as noted on the bottle’s label is 16.1 hands tall.

Now three years deep into Castle & Key distillate (specifically Pinhook’s flagship bourbon brand as other products were distilled elsewhere), the product has made some good headway. The signs of youth are gone, instead replaced with a more robust, rich honey base that’s complemented by fruit, floral, sweet, and rye spice attributes. It drinks well under its 100 proof point, delivering a delicate mouthfeel but still maintaining a nice lingering rye spice in the finish. However, all of the flavors feel a bit as if they’re holding back, which is both a complement and a critique. With more time as barrels reach higher ages, I think this line is on its way to greatness.

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

December 5, 2022
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