Wheated Bourbon & High Rye Bourbon
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Produced in Owensboro, KY
Please enjoy my Shady Mile Bourbon Review!
Produced in Owensboro, Kentucky
According to their website, Shady Mile Bourbon is said to be produced in Owensboro Kentucky at the 10th oldest distillery in Kentucky. It turns out, there is only one distillery that fits that description. Therefore, I would have to assume that they are referring to the Green River Distilling Co.
The Mash Bill
The Shady Mile wheated and high rye bourbons have very similar mash bills. The only difference between them being whether rye or wheat is used as the secondary grain. The bourbon mash bill is: 70% corn, 21% either wheat or rye, and 9% malted barley. The distillate is then barreled at 120 proof. Both bourbons are bottled at 90 proof.
Shady Mile Bourbon Tasting Notes
Let’s taste them:
🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn
Shady Mile High Rye Bourbon
👉🏻Nose: Cherry, rye spice with light anise & cinnamon, black, tea, hint of chocolate, light maple syrup and oak; light to medium alcohol
👉🏻Taste: Honey sweetened iced tea, light oak, caramel and maple syrup
👉🏻Finish: Black tea becomes stronger and is joined by some black pepper spice and light oak; some sweetness and maple syrup lingers; fairly long finish with a mild burn
Overall, there are fairly mild but pleasant flavors, with some sweetness that lingers to the very end. Maybe it is the tea talking, but for me this would be a great warm weather bourbon. Interestingly, the maple syrup notes in this high rye bourbon become much more noticeable after having had a few sips of the wheated bourbon. Initially, I have to admit, I barely noticed them.
Shady Mile Wheated Bourbon
👉🏻Nose: Strong dark stone fruits like black cherry and dark plums, light oak, soft honey, cinnamon, noticeable leather; light tobacco, butter and caramel; light alcohol
👉🏻Taste: Light tea and honey, caramel, some barrel char, cherry, leather
👉🏻Finish: The flavors continue into the finish and are joined by a hint of subtle cornbread; there’s growing black pepper spice continuing into the fairly long finish with lingering sweetness; mild burn
The fruit flavors are deep and dark and more noticeable in the Shady Mile wheated bourbon than in the rye bourbon. There is leather, too, which blends with the other flavors, but comes forward more after a few sips. A bit of char is more noticeable than in the high rye bourbon. I am not sure I would have guessed that this is a wheated bourbon, but that may be a reflection of its age. It’s another bourbon well suited to the season, although quite different than the high rye.
Summary – Shady Mile Bourbon Review
These are both easy drinking bourbons, with some similarities as well as differences. They both have noticeable cherry notes, although it is more pronounced in the wheated bourbon. The flavors in both changed after being open a day. They melded together, creating more balance and harmony. Both Shady Mile bourbons have just a few dominant flavors, although they do work well together. Have you tried either of these bourbons? Cheers!🥃
I hope you have enjoyed my Shady Mile Bourbon Review! Would you like to learn more about the Green River Distilling Co.? Check out our Green River Distilling Tour Review!
Note: These samples were graciously provided to me by Shady Mile Bourbon, but in no way influenced my review.
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