Calumet Farm

"Very decent bourbon that delivers tasty notes of chocolate chip cookies, tangerines and curry yoghurt"

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Calumet Farm Bourbon Whiskey, like Bird Dog, is another product from the Western Spirit Company. This time they have made a link to Horse Racing, as Calumet Farm was established by entrepreneur William Monroe Wright and his son Warren who bred multiple award-winning Horses. They state that “the combination of passion, hard work and honour produces greatness”, which makes me wonder why they did not put in the hard work and distill the bourbon themselves. Anyway, the greatness could be in selected exceptional casks, who knows.

Nose

Light and slightly sweet, maybe a few spices. Tangerine peel, cake dough, aniseed, fennel seed and caramel light. It stay rather light on the nose with a few more hints of chocolate chip cookies and raspberry coulis. Develops into more cookies, milk chocolate, white chocolate chip cookies, and some hints of different nuts. The nose stays rather simple.

Taste

It starts slightly bitter with lots of orange, then becomes sweeter with a load of caramel, some chocolate cookies, white chocolate praline, and cinnamon cake. I must say that although the start was not that promising, the development is much better. Especially, those notes of chocolate chip cookies is adorable (yeah, I really like them). Distant raspberry notes, yoghurt, chicken with a not-that-spicy curry yoghurt sauce, and orange zest. Reasonably long aftertaste with more of the same. Also some dry spices there.

Overall

I was not disappointed with this bourbon, especially after the Bird Dog from the same company that I tasted a few days ago. Reasonable nose and good palate. Very decent bourbon, I would say.

  • Review 2019-061
  • Bourbon
  • Undisclosed Kentucky distillery (undisclosed mash bill)
  • Western Spirit Beverage Company
  • NAS
  • Unknown bottling date
  • New American oak barrels
  • Natural colour
  • Chill-filtered
  • 43
  • Undisclosed number of bottles
  • ±50-60
  • Difficult to find
  • Whiskybase #80809

What others say

Whiskybase: 81.50 (10 votes) * @TheWhiskeyWash: 81/100 * @Distiller: 72/100 *@BourbonGuy: Meh
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Scores

these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •

Cask influence
55%
Sweet <-> Spicy
40%
  • Chocolate cookies
  • Tangerines
  • Yoghurt
Nose 85%
Taste 86.5%
Balance 86%
Depth 85%
Finish 86%
Score