Classification: Straight Bourbon
Company: Specialty Cellars
Distillery: Sourced from an undisclosed distillery(ies) in Kentucky
Release Date: Ongoing
Age: 2 Years
Mashbill: 70% Corn, 21% Wheat, 9% Malted Barley
Color: Orange Tinted Rust
MSRP: $30 (2022)
Marmalade | Custard | Confectioners' sugar | Roses | Fresh baked bread
Floral | Cornbread | Toffee | Light grain | Thin
Floral | Light oak | Touch of malt | Short
A floral dominated wheated bourbon that struggles to find its footing.
Shady Mile Bourbon is produced “by the 10th oldest distillery in Kentucky.” Taking into account that this bourbon is barreled and bottled in Owensboro, KY and that Green River Distilling Co holds DSP-KY-10, it’s a safe assumption that the bourbon is sourced from here. The company has two main bourbons, with one focusing on wheat and the other rye as the secondary grain in its mashbill.
The company’s wheated bourbon is dominated by floral notes, which is definitely not overly common in the marketplace. Beyond this flowery display, Shady Mile Straight Bourbon is a bit lacking. The bourbon features a nice combination of cornbread and toffee, but the flavors are light and struggle to make a lasting impact. There's a touch of light grain which is offset by light oak but there isn’t anything to ground this whiskey. It’s light, airy, and predominantly floral. I’ll give it some props for treading its own course in the botanical department, but additional age and/or proof might go a long way to help accomplish what this company is setting out to do.