Yay!! It’s finally October and I say that because October is my favorite month of the year, not only because of Halloween, which is my absolute favorite holiday but also because it’s my birthday month. For my birthday this year my friends Matt and Sarah gave me an early birthday gift. That early birthday gift is also my blog post for today.
If you have never heard of Nor’Easter Bourbon Whiskey before, it is bourbon produced in Nantucket, MA by the Triple Eight Distillery. The distillery idea was born in 1997 when Nantucket Vineyard, started by Dean and Melissa Long, and Cisco Brewers, started by Randy and Wendy Hudson collaborated to found the Triple Eight Distillery.
Before getting the bottle as a gift, I had seen the bottles and had heard about the distillery, but I had not had a chance to try it. A bottle averages about $38 and is 88.8 proof. It is aged between 4 to 8 years and the mash is composed of corn, malted barley and rye.
This Nor’Easter bottle is one of three in their Storm Series and also the only bourbon in the series. The other two in the series include a bottle of gin (Gale Force Gin) and a bottle of rum (Hurricane Rum).
When you think of bourbon you most certainly never think of Nantucket so honestly, I didn’t know what to expect when first trying this bourbon. What I did get was very surprising!
Nose: oak and vanilla
Palate: oak, vanilla, salt and notes of spices
Finish: slight burn in the end with lingering notes of vanilla and spice
Nantucket is definitely not a place you think about when it comes to Bourbon, but let me tell you, this bourbon is a pretty darn good start at putting them in the map. I’ll start with how creamy it is. It has a very creamy and buttery feel to the tongue at first taste. Creaminess is actually a quality I really love in whiskies. There is also a good balance of sweetness and saltiness in this dram and the burn, well there is a very delight burn in the end that I thoroughly enjoyed.
No, by no means is this bourbon the best bourbon out there but there are so many good things happening in this bourbon that the potential is pretty amazing. I can see myself drinking this bourbon on it’s own, (my boyfriend and I enjoyed not only one, but two drams each last night) as well as in cocktail. Actually, I think this bourbon would be amazing in a cocktail. It is a good starter bourbon, and the price is just right. I definitely recommend trying!
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.