Oceanside Odysea Bourbon Review

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Oceanside Distillery, established in 2018 by two brothers in Cape Canaveral, Florida, produces bourbon alongside gin, rum, and rye. Their Odysea Bourbon features a mash bill of 75% Florida corn, 20% Minnesota rye and 5 percent malted barley. It is aged in barrels made with 24 month air dried staves, which help to create a complex flavor profile.
Florida Odysea Bourbon
86 proof
Oceanside Distillery
Cape Canaveral, FL
MSRP: $45
Review

Please enjoy our Oceanside Odysea Bourbon review!

Oceanside Distillery

Oceanside Distillery was started back in 2018 by two brothers. It is located in Cape Canaveral, on Florida’s Space Coast. They make bourbons, gin, rum and a rye. A craft cocktail bar is also on site, serving small bites, as well.

Mash Bill & Barrels

Oceanside Odysea Bourbon is made from a mash bill of 75% Florida corn, 20% Minnesota rye and 5 percent malted barley. It was aged in new oak barrels made by Kelvin Cooperage, using staves that were air dried for 24 months. For reference, the industry standard for wood seasoning, as the open air aging of staves is called, is 6 months. That extra time allows the tannins in the wood to decrease, and the desirable flavors, such as vanilla, to increase, having a significant effect on the bourbons’s flavor. The barrels were charred to level 4, and the barrel heads were toasted. My sample was distilled in 2019, making it in the ballpark of 5 years old.

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Tasting Notes – Oceanside Odysea Bourbon Review

Let’s taste it:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn

👉🏻Nose: Sweet plums, orange peel, brown sugar, floral, hint of cinnamon; relatively mild alcohol; later on, after a sip or two, toffee notes become increasingly evident
👉🏻Taste: Brown sugar, light toffee, cherry, tart orange peel, light dry oak, char and a bit of white pepper spice
👉🏻Finish: Rapidly increasing white pepper spice that lingers for a fairly long time, picking up mild barrel char and tannins towards the end; fairly long; moderate warmth

The nose is a mix of sweet and tart fruits, on a background of brown sugar. There are floral notes, as well, and a hint of cinnamon. As time goes on, and I’ve had a few sips, toffee notes, as well as darker caramel, become evident. The taste is a bit more dry, still with similar flavors to the nose, with mild sweetness from the brown sugar and tartness from orange peel. In addition, there are touches of cherries, dry oak, char and white pepper spice. The finish brings a crescendo of white pepper spice, which lingers. When it subsides, a mild smoky barrel char, dry oak and tart orange peel remain on my tongue, for quite some time.

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Conclusion

Overall, Oceanside Odysea Bourbon is an enjoyable pour. The flavors are a bit more complex than expected for the relatively low 86 proof. However, that proof, combined with the brightening notes from tart orange peel, the white pepper spice and more classic flavors of caramel and toffee, would make this a very pleasant outdoor pour on a warm day. Does it sound like the perfect bourbon for Florida? I thought so, too!

Have you tried Oceanside Odysea Bourbon? What did you think? Cheers!🥃

The sample for my review was graciously provided by the distillery.

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