It’s like sipping a Bourbon at a great Bar-B-Q party.
Iron Smoke Distillery is a fairly new addition to the craft distilling community located in Upstate New York. In that part of the state they grow a lot of apples. So it is only natural that this local crop would have an impact of their spirits they produce. Currently, there are two products in the Iron Smoke family — Iron Smoke Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Rattlesnake Rosie’s Apple Pie Whiskey — and both share this influence.
Iron Smoke Straight Bourbon Whiskey is definitely a Bourbon. It’s got the corn, rye, and barley mash bill and it’s aged properly in triple charred, virgin white oak casks. What sets this Bourbon apart is that the grains used in production are exposed to applewood smoke in much the same way that Single Malt Scotch can be exposed to peat smoke. But in this case, the smoky flavor is lightly sweet and less “ashy” than you would otherwise get. The subtle flavor almost reminds us of bacon and Bar-B-Q, without overpowering the spirit.
“I just love the fact that the apple smoke contains both tannins and apple... And the grains are allowed the freedom to link with the tannins and form a bourbony undertone… superb. Love it! Genuinely sublime!”
—Jim Murray, Whisky Bible 2018
The smoky flavor is certainly noticeable. At first, I bought into the idea of smoothness, but that novelty wears off. As I drank more and drank it next to other bourbons, the smokiness took on a harshness that moved it back from the front row of my bar. Ice is definitely necessary to dull the harshness.
finished nicely. Sweet and smoky and I definitely tasted the apple wood.
Nice once opened up with an ice cube. The flaviar description goes a bit far with hints of bacon and barbecue, but there is a hint of apple and a corresponding smoothness.
Avoid! Would rather drink Canadian club
Very sudle Smokey flavor with a sweet finish
It was ok...all I have
Decent flavor, but had a chemical linger aftertaste for me. Might try this one again though.
Weird combo. Sweet burned apple pie.
Best of the bunch in tasting bottle...
I agree with one of the fellows ..it's harsh at the end of your swallow
Very unpleasant flavor. One of the few true drain pours I've tried recently. 2 stars because it didn't make me go blind, but that's about all it has going for it.
Not what I wanted it to be. I was hoping for more balance as in the Corsair Triple Smoke, and while I could smell the smoke, the taste just didn't live up to it. I did like the bottle art though.
I didn't taste any smoke or fruit. It seemed thin, raw and harsh. A few more years in oak might help.
I find it does not match the description. I get no smoke or fruit and it is so hot that it is unpleasant to drink. My 120 proof Knob Creek is easier to drink straight. I have to dilute this stuff with ice and usually something else.
Not bad overall, can taste/smell “smoke” and fruit - mainly apple. Not adding to my home bar but I’ll gladly drink yours when I visit ;)
Smooth, clean, flavorful
Why so low? It's bottled as a bourbon, but drinks more like a terrible Scotch. Skip this one. There are much better bourbons on the bottom shelf.
Quite good for the right occasion and cuisine (fire and meat). Didn't find it too smoky and went down smooth with a nice, lasting spicy vanilla aftertaste.
Certainly not too bad. Definitely heavy on the smoke. While not a complaint for me, could be for others with a more sensitive palate. Nothing memorable, not disappointing, but nothing I recommend either...
As it says on the bottle, it's a very smokey whiskey. Like some of the smokier scotches, I got oily notes which were quite overwhelming.
Sharp and smokey first, but goes down smooth. Vanilla after taste. Good bourbon.
Smooth and savory. Nice mellow finish and subtle undertones. Really love on the rocks.
Neither my husband or myself cared for this neat. This bourbon has an extremely bitter finish, not really our bag. Mixed with something salty or very sweet it is fine, but we won't be buying this again.
Very good! Smooth taste, no bite. Best one out of the batch
Sweet and smooth, yes. Not smoky enough for my taste in a good bourbon.
Very light smoke flavor, with just the right amount of sweetness. No bite or burn, just smooth. I drink my good whiskey neat, but will probably get this again to try some cocktails with.
Smoky, light sweetness, no bite. Very easy drinking. Probably won’t find it’s way into my library, but I won’t turn down a dram either.
This stuff is very good. Smells like apple, not to sweet, and smooth. I did not think it was too smokey, but I like smoky.
Decent, not great. Very smokey and no spice. A little sweetness at the end.
Apple came through nicely
Smooth and Smokey with a hint of sweet aftertaste
Smooth and light. An agreeable bourbon. The right mix of smoky and sweet. I'd recommend this to bourbon drinkers who like to introduce bourbon to non-bourbon drinkers.
Dangerously drinkable and amazing ride on the pallet.
very smooth on the palate, the smokey finish is perfect
Wasn't smoky enough. Real light bourbon and I like heavy bourbon. It did have applewood flavor which I didn't end up liking.
Smooth with great aftertaste and mild notes.
Smooth and beautiful for a sip. I well enjoyed this. This one came as a sample in the “gangs of New York” pack wonderful!
A wood flavor. Like chewing on sticks. Not a smoky flavor.
I enjoyed this one. Had a nice hint of smokiness to it. Wasn't quite the flavor I had imagined it was going to be or wanted it to be but still a good choice.
Very full and smoky bourbon! Absolutely would recommend.
Wonderful - mild smoke and crisp apple flavors with a gentle sweetness - you will want to pour another!
Not an expert but this drink was smooth and rewarding at the end
Just not what I was counting on. A little to much smoke
Absolutely delicious! Been a Flaviar member only a few months, but my last tasting box led me to this purchase. I get the smoke on the initial sip and the apple comes right in with the smooth transition of the traditional caramel and vanilla. Another bottle to make my after work daily drink! Will always have a bottle in my cabinet now!
Personally, not a fan of the real harsh smoke flavor. This is perfect for the subtle smoke lover. On the sweeter side, and very smooth. Bought a bottle right away!
Good stuff, thoroughly enjoyed it
Good stuff. Smoke isn’t that prevalent but there seems to be some nice apple undertones for sure. Even better with a bit of water/ice.
Really good flavor.
Pleasantly mild and long sweet finish; the apple flavor comes through. You'll pick up vanilla/caramel/butterscotch too accordingly; flavors you find in sweeter bourbons. However, the smoke flavor is very subtle, which may be a bummer if you're expecting a dominating smoke flavor (which it is billed as having but really doesn't). I sipped some Basil Hayden's to compare, as Basil Hayden's is my go-to smooth/lower ABV bourbon of choice (as this also is "only" 80 proof) and it stands up well; much sweeter, which I truly enjoy. I'd buy it again.
I was expecting more flavor. A lot of heat, but minimal smoke. Will try this with a applewood smoked steak and reevaluate
this bourbon was sublime. Tastes much older than its profile, probably because it is handmade? regardless - highly recommended for any whiskey/bourbon aficionado
The vanilla/ butterscotch nose was enticing, but the smoothness and the finish were what sold me. You can taste the love put into the bottle. Highly recommend it
Great finish with hints of the applewood smoke and sweet finish. Really enjoyed this one.
I like it. It's different, has a nice long savory finish
Honestly not bad over rocks. However, based on taste and price point I would not purchase again.
Notes of smoke, apple pie, and vanilla are present, but outdone by the harsh spike of the alcohol. For a bourbon that is only 80 proof, the bite is harsher than expected. Ruins the other flavors in the drink for me.