Heritage Distilling BSB 103 Brown Sugar Bourbon

Heritage Distilling BSB 103 Brown Sugar Bourbon

(0.75l, 51.5%)


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One of the world’s best flavored Bourbons at a higher ABV for Whiskey-lovers.

Heritage Spirits
was founded in 2012 by Jennifer and Justin Stiefel in Gig Harbor, Washington. The operation took off fast and they quickly built a portfolio of Spirits from Whiskeys and Vodkas to tasty liqueurs. They have done such a good job that they have been recognized as the most-awarded craft Distillery in North America six years in a row. Their range of quality Spirits enjoys popular success across the Pacific Northwest — including company retail locations in Washington and Oregon — but can be hard to come by in other places. So grab a bottle when you have the chance.

BSB stands for "Brown Sugar Bourbon." We first wrote about this interesting dram back in the Spring of 2019 when it was winning a TON of awards — getting EVERYONE’S attention. BSB 103 Brown Sugar Bourbon is that exact same, delightful, Bourbon flavored with brown sugar and cinnamon to compliment the natural profile of the Spirit. But where "normal" BSB has a lightly intoxicating ABV of a mixed drink, BSB 103 is bottled at mighty 51.5% ABV. And this new edition is wining its own share of awards, most recently the Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, among many others. It’s simply lovely over ice or served lightly warmed in a mug.
  • Category
  • Style
    Bourbon Whiskey
  • Region
    Washington
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    51.5%
  • Distillery
    Heritage Distilling Co.

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caramel
apple
marzipan
gingerbread
sweet
cardamom
cinnamon
spicy
fruit
What does Heritage Distilling BSB 103 Brown Sugar Bourbon taste like?

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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Ruddy Bronze

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma is filled with notes of gingerbread, cardamom, warm dutch apple, and caramel.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The flavor profile is like a strong sweet Bourbon cocktail made from caramel apples and marzipan.

Finish
The finish goes on and on and on with sweet, apply warmth.
Ratings & Reviews
Matthew
Matthew,
Better than the regular. The higher proof opens up a lot more flavors, including gingerbread, and a hint of apple cider. Again, this would make a great hot drink, but it's not a great whiskey for sipping straight, unless you're into flavored whiskey. Better than Fireball for sure.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Tastes like Christmas cookies in the best way. A bit too sweet for our tastes, but not bad.
 
Dawn
Dawn,
Very cinnamon, wasn’t expecting that much cinnamon but overall kind of like a sipping dessert bourbon with the extra sweetness.
 
Travis
Travis,
An unusual "once in a while" bourbon. Quite sweet, although less so than its lower-proof sibling. The brown sugar smell can be a bit overwhelming, but the flavor is enjoyable. You'll probably either love it or hate it!
 
John
John,
It’s a high end “Fireball”. If that’s your thing you will love it. My college aged son will be getting this bottle. you can’t win them all...
 
Paul
Paul,
Fantastic flavor, thick rich, tastes like Christmas in a bottle. Perfect holiday bourbon. Loved it. Great price too!
 
Jason
Jason,
Delicious, but extremely sweet. Can get to be a little much as a result.
 
Bud
Bud,
Too sweet for me, even though it's not as sweet as their standard BSB. Many of my friends love it for straight shots.
 
William
William,
Very sweet on it’s own but would be great in oatmeal.
 
Adam
Adam,
Love this bottle and the flavor is tremendous
 
Ray
Ray,
I don’t think I’d buy it again...loved the first bottle ordered but the second one just is a bit overpowering with the cinnamon and brown sugar. My tastes must have changed over time....
 
STEVE
STEVE,
A little sweet for me to the point where it needs to be diluted to drop the sugar content to be drinkable. But once done it's an OK adult beverage. I would like to taste a version that's 124 proof, same sweetness so when mixed down with water it would be just right.
 
Jennifer
Jennifer,
"It tastes like burning." Both sweet but cinnamon hot at the same time. The fiery first taste overwhelms any whiskey flavor that might be hiding in the glass. It's an Atomic FireBall cinnamon jawbreaker in a glass. I won't buy it again, but it's not so awful I can't finish it. Just not my thing.
 
Robert
Robert,
High proof aroma with a back note of brown sugar. Starts hard with cinnamon and finishes with brown sugar. A couple drops of water or a good whiskey cube mellows it a bit. Very winter holiday overall.
 
Gary
Gary,
It's like drinking a Holiday scented candle. Not my taste.
 
ron
ron,
It’s just what you think it is. An awesome cheap whiskey that is sweet with a kick. Love it
 
Riley
Riley,
It is not good. About as much a whiskey as fireball...
 
Mitchell
Mitchell,
Brilliantly mouth watering. The brown sugar sweetens the spirit without making it taste artificial. Not overly complex, but perfectly balanced by the higher ABV. It’s a holiday party in my mouth. Warms my soul.
 
Mike
Mike,
Interesting taste. The sweetness surprised me, but in a good way. Enjoyed each glass so far.
 
Johnathon
Johnathon,
Great taste but on the sweet side! Good for a mixer.
 
Bob
Bob,
Too sweet for sipping but turns a hot chocolate into something special.
 
guest
guest,
Great for a sweet bourbon
 
Shawn
Shawn,
This is sweet, but I like it that way. Goes GREAT is a cup of otherwise black coffee or in an Old Fashioned. Just be a lighter or omit the sugar.
 
William
William,
Shared with friends all enjoyed the flavor. Will be good with apple cider.
 
Kyle
Kyle,
Great to have in your bar for friends that have a little difficulty with the more spirit-forward drinks or drinking neat. First sweet, flavorful... the brown sugar is not subtle. We are looking forward to making some cocktails with it; my lady enjoys it straight, and so do I but after my second glass I'm onto something less sweet.
 
Justin
Justin,
Too sweet for a sipper, but might be good mixed or as a shot
 
Wes
Wes,
Tastes just like apple pie moonshine. Strong hits of cinnamon and smells like the fall cinnamon candles you buy for your house.
 
Kyle
Kyle,
Definitely a fall flavor.
 
James
James,
Too sweet for me. Was better with a mixer but still kind tasted too strong with the sugar.
 
Conrad
Conrad,
The brown sugar is VERY distinct. I love the sweetness.
 
Michael
Michael,
I always keep a few bottles of flavored whiskey on hand for a last drink. I’d been wanting to try this for awhile and was not disappointed. I’ll probably pick up another bottle before moving on to something else.
 
Ray
Ray,
Loved it
 
Carmund
Carmund,
At first I thought that it was too sweet, but after a few tastings, I actually prefer it neat. I think that it would be great with a club soda but I don’t want to really water it down.
 
Janet
Janet,
its a little too spicy for me, reminds me of fireball
 
Ray
Ray,
Kind of tastes like the old flavored bourbon mix...fireball
 
Ray
Ray,
I loved the brown sugar and cinnamon....I’ll order it again...of course I liked the sweetness... But I’m just a rookie at the tasting game....
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Strong sweet brown sugar flavor. Perfect for old fashions. Don’t need sugar cube
 
Michael
Michael,
I get honey with a hint of brown sugar on the noes. Sweet but not too sweet to sip. Whisky notes come out on the finish with cinnamon.
 
Christina
Christina,
Love the sweet cinnamon flavor
 
Dana
Dana,
My new favorite.
 
Robert
Robert,
New to bourbon but I liked the sweetness. Better after chilled on the stone for a bit
 
Preston
Preston,
Garbage. Tastes like sweet fireball with a higher ABV.
 
Frank
Frank,
Makes a mean Manhattan
 
Don
Don,
DAMN this Bourbon is good. Bought it because I was wondering what the taste could be like and the aftertaste is like sticking your head in a bag of brown sugar...and whats wrong with that.
 
Janet
Janet,
this needs to be mixed with something! It has a very spicy kick to it. Might be good in the fall with some cider or even mix with hard cider.
 
ERIC
ERIC,
Waaaaay too sweet to enjoy. It totally is for a beginner if they want to start drinking straight liquor. Tastes like an oatmeal cookie.
 
Lily
Lily,
This is so sweet - I imagine it could be tasty mixed into a dry cider in the fall, but the brown sugar is way too much for my taste.
 
Paul
Paul,
it is very sweet, but my main problem with Bourbon (and whiskey in general) is that i find the finish too harsh and therefore don't enjoy drinking it. i do like sweet things and this BSB is great and the finish is super smooth. after a few months of drinking this, i could see being able to move to less smooth flavors and enjoying them. 10 stars for this to be sure! great price too - even tho i suspect that means it is a lower quality alcohol
 
Ken
Ken,
I tasted this as part of a whiskey flight in a hotel bar in Seattle. First time I've ever asked the wait staff to bring me the bottle from the bar so I could take a picture to help me remember what it looked like. Just sweet enough for someone who isn't a big bourbon fan to drink without a mixer but not so sweet that a huge bourbon fan would get a toothache. Bravo for a great-tasting sipping bourbon!
 
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