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  1. #11
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    Re: Berkshire Mountain bourbon?

    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.

  2. #12
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    Re: Berkshire Mountain bourbon?

    "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...

  3. #13
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    Re: Berkshire Mountain bourbon?

    Liquor Barn announced they had it in. $42.99 for a 750ml of the corn whiskey or the bourbon. Anybody tried it?

  4. #14
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    Re: Berkshire Mountain bourbon?

    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.
    John B

    "Drinking when we are not thirsty and making love at all seasons… that is all there is to distinguish us from other animals."

  5. #15
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    Re: Berkshire Mountain bourbon?

    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

  6. #16
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    Re: Berkshire Mountain bourbon?

    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.
    JOE

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    "Every bottle is its own learning experience." -- Sensei Ox-sama

  7. #17
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    Re: Berkshire Mountain bourbon?

    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.

  8. #18
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    Re: Berkshire Mountain bourbon?

    Quote Originally Posted by jeanraulmitchell View Post
    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. . Undoubtedly, my low expectations going in. Didn't get any "bitterness" from it, though.
    JOE

    Wag more.
    Bark less.

    "Every bottle is its own learning experience." -- Sensei Ox-sama

  9. #19
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    Re: Berkshire Mountain bourbon?

    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.

  10. #20
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    Re: Berkshire Mountain bourbon?

    Quote Originally Posted by smokinjoe View Post
    Interestingly enough, I took the 86 proof as somewhat of a "positive. . 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.

 

 

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