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Big House Bourbon Review (120 Proof)

Big House 120 Proof Bourbon Review

Big House
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
120 Proof
MSRP: $30

Please enjoy our Big House Bourbon 120 proof review by Ray Marcano

Big House 120 Proof Bourbon

A very nice bourbon with a nice spice kick at a very reasonable price


There’s little available information on Big House online, and a lot of it’s wrong. The bottle says it’s produced and bottled by Sazerac in Louisville, but that really means Buffalo Trace, which Sazerac calls its “home away from home.”

Mash Bill – Big House Bourbon 120 Proof Review

Corn: 60%
Rye: 35% 
Malted Barley: 5%

Tasting Notes – Big House 120 proof Review

 Let’s taste it:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn glass

👉🏻Nose: Charcoal, oak, grain, rye spice
👉🏻Taste: Rich maple, rye, pepper
👉🏻Finish: Rich maple that quickly turns to pepper, cardamon, rye, cherry licorice

Summary – Big House 120 proof Straight Bourbon Whiskey Review

At one of my local liquor stores, I saw a bottle of the Big House 120 Proof Bourbon and thought, huh, that could be something. I like high-proof bourbons, and at the $30 price point, I figured it was worth a try.

I was right. The 120-proof brand has a strong rye taste that out-ryes some ryes. But it’s balanced by oak, a little maple, and a potpourri of pepper, cardamon, and rye spice. If you’re a rye-forward fan you’ll love this. It has the same percentage of rye as Four Roses, but a far more pronounced rye feel, which comes through huge on the nose. 

The maple on the palate surprised me because, based on the nose, I expected a rye bomb that didn’t materialize — for a few seconds. Then, I got slapped across the face with spice. The heat hit next with a beautiful long finish with a little cherry licorice.

Conclusion – Big House 120 Proof Bourbon Review

As soon as I wrote this, I returned to the store for a second bottle. I’ve never seen this bottle before, and don’t know if I ever will again. If you see a bottle, grab it.

Have you tried Big House Bourbon 120 proof? What do you think?

I hope you have enjoyed our Big House 120 proof Bourbon review by Ray Marcano. Ray publishes a free monthly newsletter, The Bourbon Resource. You can subscribe here. If you would like to learn about another great bourbon check out our Knob Creek 9 Year Bourbon Review!

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