Classification: Straight Bourbon Finished in a Martinique Rum Cask
Company: World Whiskey Society
Distillery: Sourced from an undisclosed Oklahoma distillery(ies)
Release Date: April 2023
Age: 6 Years
Mashbill: 51% Corn, 45% Wheat, 4% Malted Barley
Color: Dark Copper
MSRP: $134 (2023)
Molasses | Syrup soaked raisins | Brown sugar | Light oak | Rum notes dominate
Leather | White peppercorn | Brown sugar | Syrup soaked raisins | Fresh holiday bread | Summer fruits | Interesting combination of flavors
Light molasses | Fresh baked bread | Raisins | Leather | Light charred oak | Short
A rare high wheat whiskey by World Whiskey Society showcases heavy rum notes, leaving little to the imagination when it comes to guessing what finishing barrel was used.
World Whiskey Society (WWS) was established in 2020, and according to the company’s website “comprises an ultra-premium collection of rare expressions previously unavailable to even the most sophisticated whiskey enthusiasts.” WWS seeks out whiskeys from around the world, noting they have “a singular goal in mind - uniqueness - before selecting a distillery partner to join WWS.” The company is transparent with the mashbill of the whiskey in the bottle and stands out in the crowd with their elaborate bottles. For this particular product, the company states that they took their “flagship 6 years old wheated bourbon and finished it in [a] rum Martinique barrel.”
The sip starts off with a nose that is full of dominant rum flavors that leave little to the imagination regarding what finishing barrel was used on this bourbon. Heavy syrup-soaked raises, molasses, and brown sugar dominate. Moving onto the palate, a combination of prominent rum flavors with clear wheat whiskey undertones greets you in the form of syrup soaked raises, fresh holiday bread, and summer fruits. It’s an interesting combination due to the fact that you don’t see high wheat whiskeys usually finished in rum barrels.
Rounding out the sip is a finish that is fine though it is more straightforward compared to the nose and palate, delivering what is necessary but nothing more. It’s short with the flavors dropping off quickly, providing an all too abrupt end to the sip. Overall, World Whiskey Society 6 Year Straight Bourbon Finished in Rum Cask is incredibly drinkable for the proof. If you really like rum finishes (and wheated bourbons), you’ll be right at home with this heavily influenced rum barrel finished whiskey.
The bottle being reviewed is number 1980 of 2000 and carries the designation of “Limited Edition No. 13.”