From the city of Evanston, Illinois, where the Temperance movement originates, comes a craft distillery that put a stop to long-standing dry laws in these parts. Situated in the backside alley of a former chop shop, Paul Hletko and his skilled team are crafting the finest spirits made from Corn, Rye and Barley. The distillery’s single purpose is to bring the best products made from the best grains, perfectly matured and finished under one roof.
Now to give you a brief backstory. In the 19th century a woman named Francis Elizabeth Willard was elected President of the Chicago Christian Temperance Movement. She embarked on a decade-long crusade to prohibit alcohol in the US, and had succeeded. Mr. Hletko worked hard and lobbied against the law, and eventually, made it go away. Ironically and hilariously, he’s named his craft spirits after Francis (FEW are the initials of her name). Bold move for sure.
Matured in charred Minnesota Oak barrels, this is a wonderfully unique three-grain Bourbon. Minnesota Oak barrels have a tighter grain, which gives a lot of character to the liquid inside. The presence of the three grains are felt throughout, with a maltedness that lasts from nose to finish. But the flavors do not stop there. This Whisky is rich and smooth, with the thick sweetness of caramel that combines elegantly with a signature Bourbon spice. These flavors jump out and make a lasting impression on the palate.
I really enjoyed the sample. I most definitely will be purchasing a bottle.
Nice and smooth a great addition to my pancake mix
Nice Kentucky bourbon, good flavor
Nice Kentucky bourbon, good flavor
Very smooth and flavorful. My favorite this far! Would definitely get again.
For me, this was a solid, no frills whiskey. Not a lot of complex taste, but also - no harsh flavors or after taste. I wouldn't turn away a glass of this, but if I'm looking for something unique, I might veer elsewhere.
Very high alcohol, low on the flavor side. No depth, wouldn't purchase this.
Good Kentucky bourbon style flavor. A little bit on the sweet side on the Finish but overall not bad
Many layers, sweet and a bit of heat.
Scents of black tea. Sweet, minimal alcohol taste. Subtle clove and cinnamon . No spice or tang. Water opens up the caramel flavor, but subtle.
I found this thin, with way too much clove and charcoal. There is a difference in the oak flavor which is interesting, but not enough to justify this being on my shelf.
The initial taste of charcoal and cloves overpowers any sweetness for me, but is smooth and finishes differently.
This sample was the best of the three. It was smoother and sweeter than the other two. I am glad I sampled the other two, so I wasn't stuck with the bottle 😕
While I didn't dislike it, I didn't really feel it was a "go to." I think it would be great in a sazerac or mule though...
Good, slight cola taste
Nice and smooth, very enjoyable. I pick up a nice smell of vanilla. Profile of cloves is very noticeable at the end.
Not as sweet as I thought it would be. A nice laid back drink to end the night or sip throughout the evening.
Finishes with a little too much peat (Charcoal) for my taste. Smooth start, definitely some Caramel.
Smooth woody taste
Smooth and clean, with a hint of sweetness. Liked the long finish with a bit of spice. Would buy if available!
Good started bourbon. Easy to drink by itself but lacks the luster of other bourbons
Smooth, hint of spice and sweetness
Found out that I just am not a Bourbon guy.
I liked the smoothness and Carmel flavor. A good sipping bourbon
Smooth and flavorful, would buy!
We all liked the smoothness and complexity of this bourbon. Don't drink much bourbon but this one was good to me.
Sharp Carmel flavor supported by a mild clove note quickly after. I enjoyed the charred note and I think it would be nice after some BBQ. I felt there was a bit of a tug-o-war between the cinnamon and clove notes. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it.
Definitely my favorite out of the box. Add a drop or two of water to really bring out the caramel flavors. This is an easy drinker without much of a burn. I would recommend this as a casual drink.
Didn't care for the char and clove undertones
Very smooth. This is a good everyday bourbon.
Very unique cinnamon spice flavor, subtle enough to not overpower, will get some to celebrate autumn season proper
First I hate bourbon and the corn sweet grossness that defines it
This bourbon was quite simple and smooth for what it is. Flavours were muted and I guess the world simple defines it. That said it is quite smooth and if I had to mix a drink with bourbon this would work well.
Amazingly smooth with a hint of spice. Makes a perfect, "perfect" Manhattan.
Nice and smooth. Complex enough to talk about. I'd drink this regularly.
Tastes like hardwood floors, which have just been varnished. Alcohol taste is prevalent. Thin body.
Drinkable neat. A nice dram
3 in my office are bourbon drinkers and love to taste whiskey. We all thought that it had a very light nose and smelled like alcohol, it had no body at all and the taste was reminiscent of grain alcohol.
Overall, Its a 50/50 pick of the night if nothing else is available. Not a keeper for the books. The bite was too tangy (for me anyhow). Hits the back of the throat way too hard for a smooth whiskey. The rye sits on the tongue while the clove hits you in the back of the nasal cavity as you sip. The cinnamon and barley lay flat on the taste buds as you drink. A hard sipper with a strong bite overall.
Love the smoothness and the caramel notes. Nice dry finish with almost peaty undertone
Was surprised with this one. Really enjoyed it, nice finish and not too harsh.
I wasn't as happy with this one.
I get why people have a hard time with this one. The rye really comes through leaving it dryer and spicier than a standard bourbon. In my opinion though it makes it different enough to be interesting. It also has a remarkably smooth character throughout. Well worth a taste at least.
My least favorite in the taster box. I can't believe this costs $54. It mostly tastes like charcoal. Not in a good smokey/peaty/scotchy way either. I at least now know to avoid this in the future.
Probably wouldn't pay $57 dollars for a bottle, but I do like it. Apple and smoke on the nose, soft flavor palate with emphasis on charred notes. A few drops of water only mellowed it out more.
Weak 6, strong 5.
Decent drink but nothing spectacular. Considering price probably won't buy as there are good everyday drinkers for 10 bucks less and some excellent drinkers for 10 bucks more.
I can think of several bourbons for less money. That is the problem with craft whiskeys. Often they are just not a taste value.
I liked this one best out of the tasting package!
Did not care for the finish.
I really liked this one. It had great flavor and not too much heat. Very Good! I would purchase this one again.
ok, but not much of a Wow factor.
I'm not a bourbon man but this is one of the better ones I have tried.
Good, but not great
First taste is like an apricot jam that quickly morphs into a salted caramel. Finish is all salted caramel with a fair amount of burn.
Decent but not memorable
Very smooth drunk neat with water back. Lots of vanilla up front and subtle into the back.
Very nice and not overly sweet. Goes down very smoothly. Better than Angel's Envy, our previous best.
Hit me in back of the mouth. Didn't care for it.
Full slightly fusel beginning, slightly caramel middle, slow burning finish.
Nice Cinnamon nose! A little disappointed with the taste.
Smooth and surprisingly un-bourbon.
I can really taste the tobacco
Delicious! Most please!
The charred oak really stands out in this whiskey... And that's it. A thoroughly uninspired drink with little character or taste, Few bourbon is rough around the edges and almost insipid at first taste. Few items on the taste spiral stand out, and those that do are not pleasant or enjoyable.
Definitely not for me! Couldn't get the taste out of my mouth soon enough.
not too strong aroma, very subtle smell, almost inviting to sniff even more, especially for a bourbon whisky, taste not as strong as journeyman, but definitely distinct sweet bourbon whisky
Not good, maybe on ice...?
A lot going on and in the right direction... caramel, vanilla, pepper, a little smoky funk in the trunk... she's got some rough edges, but nothing I can't handle!
Nice bold tags middle and sweet finish
Tasting notes were spot on. Great finish
Absolutely hated it. The flavor of Rye was so strong I couldn't take more than two sips.
Very smooth. Love the charred, smokey finish.
Very good, smooth, best of the three.
Fairly smooth and moderately sweet. A nice Bourbon with a hint of Rye.
Fruit in nose. Pleasant. Nice deep color. Very nice flavor before the finish. Great finish, lots of caramel lingers.
The smell is nice and the after taste left a great impression.
Warm and has a lasting taste but it's pretty bland. Too much caramel with a little sharpness but nothing else. Wouldn't recommend purchasing but not bad if you see it at the bar and want to try a sip.
Vials only hold a couple shots, don't let your clumsy friends pour them...
This is what I want from a bourbon. It's smooth, sweet, and with a peppery finish
Out of the three choices this was my favorite. It was smooth without the bite or burn that you get with some other whiskey. Nice sipping alcohol. This is something that I would sit on my front porch on a Saturday afternoon and sip with a great cigar
Smokey, pretty horrible. wouldn't drink it again if offered.
Not a fan at all. Very harsh stuff!
I liked this one, it reminded me of Jack Daniels single barrel. Also had a smooth after taste, pleasant.
Punch to the back of the throat with first sip, after that, sweet and rye notes.
Not my favorite. Wouldn't buy it. Too spicy, but that could be the charred flavor.
Smooth and sweet. Compares to Makers Mark. Winner of our taste test!
Very grainy; ok flavor profile. Just not my kind of whiskey.
A slight burn to this bourbon, but not too bad, just a bit too sweet for my taste.
Decent flavor. Slightly sweet but not very smooth
I quite enjoyed it ! Uniquely flavored bourbon
Easy whiskey to drink. Not overly complex and sweet with a good smokey finish. Worth the money but you can get it in a taster if a little uneasy about the mixed review.
I liked the unique flavor of this one. It's unlike other bourbons I've had recently.
Simple nose, syrup feel, with a dominate malt finish that lingers.
is an outstanding balanced sipper, 'honey, nut-crunch', then again I am partial to 10 year old Tawny Ports with this profile!
Delicious. The charcoal flavoring stands out prominently on the palate.
Like it, don't love it.. i dig the sweet and tangy notes
Smells like cereal, which gives you hope. Tastes like cereal and markers, not so good. A little water makes it palatable. There are much better tasting bottles for less money.
Initial smoke, peat and heat. Mid of spice, smoke and little bit of caramel. Medium finish of heat, vanilla, spice and oats.
Just not a fan of the flavor.
Not my favorite. This one has a pretty heavy rye flavor up front with a slight sweet flavor on the back end. There is a pretty prevalent alcohol flavor at the end that turned me off slightly. Overall it is very drinkable. It's just not my favorite.
First off I'm a Scotch drinker and not a big fan of ANY Bourbon but I do enjoy a good Gin & Tonic during the summer months. That being said I guess it was okay for a Bourbon, don't really know.
Not bad, but not amazing either. A little bit simple on the flavor profile for me to want to drink straight, but too expensive to want to mix. Probably will not try again.
Very nice smooth stays with you. A+
Unique taste with an abundance of Rye & especially Wheat flavor. Reminds me of the smell of Kentucky Bluegrass. Perhaps appropriate with the Derby just around the corner.
Taste the Barrel on this middle of the road bourbon. It's average too my taste
Solid bourbon just not my speed.
Easy to drink. Definitely taste the char of the cask. Would drink again.
Not bad, but didn't seem aged enough. It needed more oak flavor. The Rye flavor was not prominent, if that's your thing.
Sweet up front with caramel notes, but then the rye... Too. Much. Rye. Overly spicy finish. Too bad too, has a nice soft mouth feel.
Harsh for me to start. Second taste was better. Might continue to improve
A bit too hot for my taste. The burn makes it unenjoyable
Unique. Sweeter with a nice finish.
This bourbon is highly unique. Smell presents a charcoal-like sweetness. Upon tasting FEW you get a Tamarind fruit taste, along with tangy citrus, and an obvious sweet corn flavor. The finish is smokey-sweet. This is definitely a special bourbon. The story behind it makes it even more worth the adoration. Very, very enjoyable. A+
Middle of the road for me. Not bad but not the first bottle I grab when I want a drink.
Middle of the road for me. Not bad but not the first bottle I grab when I want a drink.
Poured it back in the bottle after the first sip
I like it very much went down smooth
Solid bourbon. Not bad. Not great. Somewhere in the middle, especially because it is pricy for what it is. Sharp up front. Caramel. Apricot finish that you can taste for a while.
Good sipping bourbon. Not too complex and not as smooth as others I drink.
Taste the cinnamon and the hardness of the wood with a tangy and burn as You swallow.
I tasted very strong cinnamon and clove
I got subtle raisin and tea notes on the nose. Definitely malty with spice and the malty finish lasts a long time. I'd drink it again.
Not as smooth as other whiskeys. More Woody Taste. I'd give it a B!
Really solid. Hint of spice hits all the right notes for me. I haven't had many that were better than this.
Somewhat disappointing. Peaty nose and finish reminds me of a cheap scotch.
This is some smooth whiskey, very enjoyable!
This came in my welcome box, and I think I've found a new favorite. Beautiful coloring, sweet tasting, and I already wish I had a bottle.
Nice spice and a great compliment to the steak done we had. This was the first out of the taster box i tried. Very bold, but great flavior imo
Flat tasting - not powerful. Just bland.
Young. Burn on the finish just ruined it for me. I like a good burn but this was too young.
Tried it in the sample box. Did not enjoy it at all. Definitely young and harsh.
This was "C" in my Flaviar Welcome Box. I shared this with my wife who is NOT a major whiskey/bourbon drinker. We often drink Jim Beam...I go neat and she takes ice and water ("But don't drown it!" From Patricia Neal, movie: Harm's Way). We tasted this box together and I adjusted my rating based on her input. Journeyman was a "7". We would both order it in any lounge where such quality was found and we'd buy in our liquor store if they carried it!
For some reason I love this - not too sweet but smooth and slight caramel taste and smell.
Nice spicy taste but finish short for my preference
Some hints of tobacco, refreshing start to a smooth findh
The flavor is harsh and lacks depth, but one may like it if they're a fan of whiskey with strong helpings of rye. (I changed this from 4 to 5 stars because it's grows on me by the end of the glass.)
It was an enjoyable whiskey but nothing memorable. I would buy it again to have around for casual drinking and mixing, and recommend it for people looking for an enjoyable 'simple' whiskey.
WONDERFUL tobacco smell! Good mouth feel. Slightly spicy finish.
Liked best of the 3, smoother
Interesting, but i did not like it
Meh... it's ok.
An interesting complex Bourbon definitely worth purchasing a whole bottle for later.
Spicy and smooth. Delightful
Light and unremarkable.
It was just Bourbon and, as such, pretty unpleasant - I recommend that all three companies sell everything and use the proceeds to buy single malt scotch and distribute it to their former victims.
The rating I give this fine Bourbon does it no justice. I am just one who prefers light flavors rather than Dark flavors. Still a Fine Way to end the day. One Thumb Up
I didn't enjoy this one at all. It had a sour note that I could get past.
Very good! Our second favorite. Great aftertaste.
I was very pleased with this whiskey. It seemed very light but flavorful. I enjoyed it very much.
Nice in the mouth, not to overwhelming. Swish around and a little burn going down, very nice.
A sweet drink with a strong yet peculiar aftertaste.
Didn't fit my palette. Not bad per say but I didn't enjoy it
Pleasant surprise really enjoyed this. Nice finish and bold initial taste
Smooth. Fruity, sweet and delicate to the point that it's almost not a spirit. Not my cup of tea.
Few was a good sipping bourbon.
It was good.
Very sweet. I thought it was OK but probably wouldn't purchase a bottle.
Not the smoothest but pretty sweet. Vanilla Carmel and some spice. Long warm finish. Worth a taste but maybe not worth buying a whole bottle
This whiskey tastes like a Manhattan, without having to go through the trouble of mixing a drink.
Not a good bourbon at all was very unpleasant.
Caramel and cinnamon... sweet and smooth... worth a try
This one also has sweet notes. We liked sample A better.
The taste is rich... love this one
This was strangely dry on the tongue. As a novice, have not experienced that before. I didn't mind. Nose and taste were very good.
Good bourbon. Not as great as the Rye, and other bourbons are better and cheaper!
Good but a bit spicy for me.
Very smooth and enjoyable!
It's a bourbon that drinks like an Irish. Very smooth. Right off the bat you get caramel and cinnamon. Then the rye comes in and you've got yourself a party. Personally, I like my bourbon to have a. It more bite to it then this, although that doesn't mean I'm not enjoying it. I think it would make a wonderful old fashioned, I just haven't gotten around to trying that yet.
Smooth and delicate.
Excellent smooth rich bourbon. In a class of its own.