Today, I’m reviewing a relatively new product – Old Hickory Great American Bourbon. To be clear, the bourbon I’m reviewing today is the Straight Bourbon Whiskey (white label), not the Blended Bourbon Whiskey (black label). This bourbon, named after the 7th president of the United States (Andrew Jackson), comes from MGP in Indiana, a distillery with a sterling reputation among American whiskey connoisseurs. Old Hickory is bottled in Ohio under the watchful eye of RS Lipman, a spirits company from Tennessee. The stocks in this bourbon are between 4 and 7 years old, one of the most common bottling ages for MGP bourbons for good reason. Old Hickory is bottled at 86 proof (43% abv).
The nose has soft rye, rich vanilla, caraway, and whipped cream. The palate is not as spicy as I was expecting. It is soft and seductive, with vanilla cream, a little rye spice, and some light cinnamon sugar. The finish is short and sweet with a little pipe tobacco, and it really makes me want another sip.
Overall, this is a good bourbon, with a good balance of flavors throughout the whiskey. It is a dry bourbon in my opinion, which I rather like about it. My only complaint here is that the proof is a little soft. It makes the whiskey feel a little short and simple on the palate. I know Old Hickory was gunning for 86 proof as “the perfect proof,” but I’d like to see this one with a little more heft behind it. My grade: B-. Price: $35-40/750ml. Definitely a bourbon worthy of Old Hickory, a little pricey for its age, but don’t let it turn you away from this one – such things never stopped “Old Hickory.”
Much thanks to Todd from Double Diamond for the sample!