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Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon

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Classification: Bourbon

Company: Redwood Empire Distilling

Distillery: Undisclosed distilleries in California, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee

Release Date: Ongoing

Proof: 90

Age: NAS (Websites states contains bourbon aged between 4-12 years)

Mashbill: 75% Corn, 21% Raw Rye, 4% Malt Barley

Color: Gold

MSRP: $35 (2021)

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NOSE

Caramel | Oak | Vanilla | Light maple | Classic bourbon aroma with little fanfare

palate

Roasted mixed nuts | Toasted oak | Caramel | Very smooth & butter

finish

Dry oak | Pepper | Lingering strawberry rhubarb aftertaste

uniqueness
value
overall

Redwood Empire’s Pipe Dream Bourbon gets its name from the 14th tallest tree on the planet. Like its namesake, Redwood Empire has lofty goals with their first bourbon brand crafting a blend of bourbons from four different states with a wide range of ages.

I’m not sure if Redwood Empire’s goal was to create a quintessential bourbon flavor profile, but they certainly nailed it if that was the case. Pipe Dream Bourbon is mainly a straightforward bourbon that nails the caramel/vanilla/oak trio with expert precision. Easy sipping and inoffensive in every way, Redwood Empire nails being an every-person bourbon. That decision ends up being a double edged sword, as it makes the bourbon a bit on the boring side, lacking much excitement besides its delightful strawberry rhubarb aftertaste. The bourbon will probably work best as a gift to a budding bourbon drinker that will be equally impressed by the out-of-the-mainstream selection and enchanting label design. For more experienced drinkers, despite its straightforwardness, it gets a few bonus points for its amazingly smooth and buttery consistency. For its price, it's hard to beat the value it offers

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: Eric

August 13, 2021
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