Watershed Distillery Nocino Finished Bourbon (Batch 001)


Classification: Bourbon Finished in Nocino Barrels

Company: Watershed Distillery

Distillery: Watershed Distillery

Release Date: Annual Release

Proof: 110.2

Age: 4 Years (Website states just under 5 years)

Mashbill: 60% Corn, 35% Wheat & Rye, 5% Spelt Chips

Color: Chestnut

MSRP: $79

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Walnut | Orange | Toasted oak | Faint coffee | Light grain | Quite nice


Walnut | Cocoa | Cedar | Pomegranate | Slight clove | Dark brown sugar | Grain


Syrupy Oak | Mixed Nut | Coffee | Cocoa powder | Flavors stick with you


A bit of graininess comes off this four grain bourbon at first sip before being enveloped by a rich tapestry of dark flavors. These flavors are the result of being finished in used Nocino barrels. Nocino liqueur is traditionally produced in Italy and is created with unripe walnuts that are still soft in their husks. Watershed Distillery creates their own version of Nocino and finishes it in their used bourbon barrels. These barrels are then used to finish their barrel strength bourbon and there is certainly the assumption that finishing bourbon in used Nocino barrels would be overpowering. Instead, this Nocino finished bourbon brings the perfect amount of intensity. Watershed Distillery is really onto something here. This one-of-a-kind finished bourbon is not only delicious, but manages to create something exciting and quite dramatic too.

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 Hasman

January 26, 2021
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