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trumpstylz
04-13-2011, 01:12
http://www.binnys.com/spirits/Berkshire_Mountain_Distillers_Bourbon_190551.html

Anyone heard of it? Its got a deep color from the pic (which i dont necessaryily trust) but its only 86 prf.

chefnash51
04-13-2011, 06:31
I live somewhat close to the brewery in Mass, haven't been up recently to try the bourbon. But if it helps any, they make some fantastic, solid beers. Solar powered as well.

angler82
04-13-2011, 09:36
I live in Boston and have had the Berkshire Mountain bourbon in several cocktails at restaurants. It's pretty good. Still young but I think it worked well mixed. A lot of high end cocktail bars in the city have started carrying it so that has to mean something.

They do make very good gin.

CorvallisCracker
04-13-2011, 11:10
I live somewhat close to the brewery in Mass, haven't been up recently to try the bourbon. But if it helps any, they make some fantastic, solid beers.


Rogue here in Oregon makes some great beers but their Dead Guy Whiskey (30 days old) is awful. The Chatoe Rogue (their spelling, not mine) is 90 days old and is only slightly less awful (they should call it "triple aged" :lol: ).



Solar powered as well.

Well, there you go!



A lot of high end cocktail bars in the city have started carrying it so that has to mean something.

What exactly that something means is open to debate.



They do make very good gin.

Gin doesn't need to be aged.

WsmataU
04-13-2011, 15:38
I'd buy one just because I was born in the Berkshires and was raised in KY and you know what that means...


Wait for it......

I can both say I was raised in Kentucky and spell it as well.:slappin:

Seriously,
I'll give this a try if I ever see one.

cowdery
04-13-2011, 16:36
Distillery or Potemkin?

sku
04-13-2011, 17:12
Distillery or Potemkin?

Based on the website description and using the Cowdery rule (Cowdery's First Law of Bourbon?) that they might obfiscate but won't lie, I'd say probably a distillery:

Berkshire Mountain Distillers‘ Bourbon Whiskey is handcrafted in small batches using local corn sourced from a farmer two miles from the distillery. After meticulous fermentation and distillation, only the finely cut of spirit is selected to be aged in virgin American white oak barrels. 43% ABV, 750ml only


If they're really using local corn, they're distilling.

cowdery
04-13-2011, 17:23
Well, you made me look.

Also "All products are handcrafted in small batches at the Berkshire’s first legal distillery since prohibition."

Odd looking still.

It all looks good. The fact that nowhere do they say how old the bourbon is probably a good sign too, in that it's probably really young so that's why they aren't mentioning it.

They've been in biz since 2007, so it's certainly possible. Yes, the fact that they say the corn came from a farmer two miles away is good, but I seem to recall a potemkin that took grain from near its 'distillery' to the real distillery 500 miles away just so they could say they were using 'their' grain.

A shame we have to be so skeptical.

sku
04-13-2011, 17:41
The fact that they have a corn whisky is also a sign that it is probably a legit distillery since corn whisky is seldom sourced and it gives them a new make that they can barrel for bourbon.

tmckenzie
04-13-2011, 19:00
I know the man, he is making it.

River Runner
04-13-2011, 20:21
Been lurking for a while. This seems like an appropriate place to make my introduction. I also live close by and have seen their gin, vodka, & rums locally for a couple years. I never tried them as the price seemed steep and I'm not too into those spirits. Being a bourbon fan, as soon as I saw their bourbon hit the shelves I picked one up. They're web site says they use local oak to make the barrels it's aged in.

I love the idea of a local distillery using local corn and wood products, but it's hard to support at $40 a bottle though. I'll keep one on the shelf though for company and conversation. I'll also pick up each new release to try. I'm guessing the age on this first release is around 3 years.

As far as taste goes it's decent, nothing offensive, just no wow factor either, maybe this will change with more years in the barrel? I'm no expert on bourbons though. I'll be very curious as to others impressions. The owner has done some homework consulting with some of the industry leaders. I wish them the best, just think if the prices were better locally more folks would give their stuff a try.

angler82
04-14-2011, 07:29
"What exactly that something means is open to debate."

Probably sold to restaurants and bars at a much lower price to introduce it to bars in the area. Nothing wrong with that.


"Gin doesn't need to be aged."

No kidding, didn't know that...

kyrocklover
11-17-2011, 17:36
Liquor Barn announced they had it in. $42.99 for a 750ml of the corn whiskey or the bourbon. Anybody tried it?

jburlowski
11-18-2011, 12:08
Tried the bourbon. Very young and thin; I'd guess less than two years old. Better than most of the underaged microdistillery bourbons I've tried but that's a low hurdle. Way overpriced for what you get.

I'd like to try it again after a few more years in wood.

Buffalo Bill
11-18-2011, 15:41
It's on the shelves here on Cape Cod but I haven't tasted it yet. $40. I'll need a tasting first, seems a bit young. BB

smokinjoe
05-17-2012, 18:02
As usual, I find myself agreeing with John B. I picked up a bottle of this today, and am into my first pour. For the most part, I have been utterly underwhelmed with the craft-Distilling industry's "bourbon" offerings, to date. Most, bear no resemblance at all to bourbon, IMO. So, my expectations are understandably low. This bottle, however, gives me hope in the micros. It is most definitely young. Nice color. Decent mouthfeel. Just, slightly raw. But, it does taste like a "bourbon". Much more than simply a smoky white dog. So, I'll give it a qualified "thumbs up". Again, like John reported, it's overpriced (but, that comes with the territory) but, I'd like to try it with a few more years on it.

jeanraulmitchell
05-17-2012, 18:21
I was kinda guilted into a glass of Berkshire last weekend by a nice bartender.
It is very thin, like someone said. It's not heavy on the sweet side and it's been watered down to much to the point where it's bitter. If I would've known it was bottled at 43%, I would've passed. It's a charming bottle design, if that's a positive.

smokinjoe
05-17-2012, 20:40
I was kinda guilted into a glass of Berkshire last weekend by a nice bartender.
It is very thin, like someone said. It's not heavy on the sweet side and it's been watered down to much to the point where it's bitter. If I would've known it was bottled at 43%, I would've passed. It's a charming bottle design, if that's a positive.

Interestingly enough, I took the 86 proof as somewhat of a "positive. :D. Undoubtedly, my low expectations going in. Didn't get any "bitterness" from it, though.

Kalessin
05-17-2012, 21:15
I think they're still figuring out bourbon. I'd love to see the product improve!

On the other hand, their Greylock Gin and Ethereal Gin are both very good.

jeanraulmitchell
05-17-2012, 22:09
Interestingly enough, I took the 86 proof as somewhat of a "positive. :D. Undoubtedly, my low expectations going in. Didn't get any "bitterness" from it, though.

Hi Joe yeah, it could've been my palette was off because I first had a frsb. I usually think bourbon becomes increasingly bitter when it's cut. However, my expectations were high going in because the bartender talked this up and this place curates their selections so tightly they only have about 8 bourbons & ryes on their bar, including high west, fr & at one point PVW.