Review: J.P. Trodden Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

3 years
70% Corn, 30% Malted Barley
Distiller J.P. Trodden (Maltby, Washington)

This bourbon is made in Washington, from grain grown on a family farm in Quincy, Washington. The distillery makes a few different bourbons - this one, the black label, and also a single cask at 100 proof and a “reserve” at 6 years old.

Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2020

The nose has some really nice oily corn, floral, baked pear, baked apple, baking spices, raisin, honey, and canned peaches. A bit of a thick, oatmeal like character too. The corn character is just amazing here. The palate is rich, full of corn, stewed orchard fruit, baking spices, and light toffee and tannin. The finish has a nice bit of tobacco complexity to it and it is quite sweet.

There is a nice tangy savouriness to the whole affair which is quite nice. This is a unique bourbon, and one that I think is well crafted. I’d love to try the older version – the rich corn character comes through quite nicely. Despite having no rye, there is a lot of baking spice.

Highly Recommended (50% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).