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 four products in the Iron Smoke family — Iron Smoke Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Iron Smoke Casket Strength, Rattlesnake Rosie's Apple Pie Whiskey and Rattlesnake Rosie’s Maple Bacon Whiskey.
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
Liked the NYC origin story but was taken immediately with the Whiskey itself! This is my current go to!
Drinking it now. Never had a smokey whiskey, but this is pretty smooth with a slight sweet note. Thumbs up on this one!
I like the drink ability
I was surprised by this as I don't care for smokey whiskey. But the smoke here is mild, and the fruitiness is more reminiscent of brandy than bourbon. There is also butterscotch on the nose and a very nice lingering caramel finish. I would buy.
Super unique smokey flavor. Very smooth and tasty. One of my all time favorites.
Smooth, not as Smokey as nose
Average... very odd aftertaste, didn't taste like smoke to me.
Not even smoke; more like ashtray.
Pretty good. A really nice nose of caramel and vanilla, but not too sweet. reasonable oaky finish.
Not for me. Way to smokey. Unpleasant
Nice but nothing distinctive to making it stand apart from other bourbons.
It’s a decent bourbon
Nice aroma but after a few sips the smoke dominates my palate
Solid smokey flavor with that classic bourbon after taste.
Sharper and lighter than expected. Clean caramel apple butterscotch and oak. I would personally prefer it to be a little rounded with some more marshmallows. But overall very good.
Smoke, oak, and marshmallow dominate - intriguing but somewhat metallic on the finish.
Good smokey aroma, average taste
Good color, sits great on the tung, goes down smooth.
Slightly sweet and tangy, not over-powering smoke.
I first smelled the butterscotch and tasted the vanilla. Really good with a nice sweet finish
Great caramel and butterscotch tones. Not tasting the apple though. Great sipping bourbon.
Very smooth of bourbon, you can taste hints of Applewood smoke in each sip. Would not recommend as a high end bourbon however very comfortable with giving it a mid grade reading.
Drinks smooth a silk
Nice sipping bourbon with character. I usually can’t stand smokey bourbons, but this one is pleasing balancing the smoke oak and apple undertones.
Light character. Crisp even. Fruity, sweet and a bit spicy. Usually light an sweet are mutually exclusive, but this is a great marriage of the two. Like it very much.
This is a local distiller for me and they did not disappoint. I hope my son feels the same way as I sent him a bottle.
A bit of a spicy/oak bite bit smooth...pleasant. Finished well, I did taste a bit of apple.
Fairly smooth and easy to drink. Finished with an apple aftertaste. Easy to enjoy
a spicy and oak bite at first with sweet smoke with some zest. medium medicinal finish.
smokey and amazing.
Smokey at first, but gets sweeter as it opens.
Kind of a sweet scent to start with. Certainly caught the spicy as I let it rest on my tongue. Detected some, but not all of the items in the spiral. Left a 'watered down mouthwash' after taste in my mouth, though. Would not buy this as a stand alone bottle.
Smooth like it.
Campfire smokiness in taste and nose. A bit of spice and bite but smooth. Just the hint of the apple taste that thankfully wasn't overwhelming and sweet. Pleasantly surprised.
Definitely evolves and is fairly complex but just isn’t for me. The nose has a smoky char to it that’s really unique but it wasn’t overly pleasant to me. The palate was smooth with the expected bourbon burn and the finish, while not overly long, did move to a nice caramel and vanilla but quickly moved back to campfire.
Pleasant, smooth, delayed warmth
Amazing and smooth with a heavy Carmel taste
Liked the fiery-ness about it
Just ok. Nice smoke flavor but that's it.
An okay bourbon with lots of oak and the apple is very front. Has a small spice end. I was looking for a bit ore smoke.
Smooth, a bit spicy, didn’t taste much apple, nice finish.
Unpleasing nose with a chemically aroma with smoke underlying. A lot like a campfire put out with water.
This is a good quality bourbon but too smokey for my taste.
its decent. I liked the smell and it was nice to drink straight
Initially tried it neat and the smell was a bit odd and dominated the experience. After adding a ball of ice, the smell was tempered and more flavors came through. Very smooth and worth another try.
Had a weird smell and taste to it. Almost like cardboard or something chemical. Didn't enjoy it.
Solid. Not great or mind blowing. But easy to drink. The
smooth with an oily texture, not much flavor
Nice and smooth.
It’s good booze. I’m not sure it needed the smoke. Sort of a unique angle.
Smith and smoky
Not bad ...
Pretty smooth on ice. If cheap, would buy again.
Kind of fun kind of tasty. Sweet up front with a smooth finish. Lots of classic bourbon notes of Carmel, vanilla, and spice. What really sets it apart is the butterscotch smell and taste that finishes with slight notes of sweet smoke like a delicious barbecue pit. Good for sipping on a fall night wishing it was the middle of the summer still.
The aroma is a little off....reminds me of play dough....the flavor is good and it’s smooth....I think I’m confused on how much I actual like this spirit. Worth trying.
One of my favorites
Smooth. I enjoyed the hints of apple. Would certainly drink again.
Very smooth. I enjoyed this neat and usually like my drinks on the rocks
Name is pretty descriptive, tastes like burning metal in a wierd cool way. Very smokey so if you like peat this is going to be a good bourbon transition for you. Better bourbons at the price point though
So smooth I couldn't even taste it. Yet still leaves a slight afterburn. Hints of apple and cereal.
Great finish. Perfect for nightcap.
Taste to much like scotch.
Easy sipper with great fall flavor
Love this whiskey! The smoky flavor really enhances the overall taste. Will definitely order again.
Nice bourbon with an interesting flavor profile. Kind of sweet and dark. Likely pairs well with a light fruit and cheese plate.
Great finish to a night. Straight up or with a couple of cubes... Love this...
Love it a lot, VERY smoky
Kinda tastes like liquid smoke.
A nice light sipping spirit. Definitely the first selection in a tasting.
A little overly smokey for my taste but overall a decent sippin whiskey.
A little sweet and a bit smokey with a relatively smooth finish. Nice intro whiskey.
Just starting to do whiskey tastings, this one was pretty smoky to me.
Not Smooth at all
Great whisky not a big burn and very enjoyable actually going to be picking up a bottle of this very soon
Medicinal, weird fake sweet after taste
Very good. Smooth sweet taste.
Not a bad flavor not a big Smokey fan but this has a nice balance
Too smoky and doesn't finish well.
Smooth not a ton of flavors jump out but enjoyed it. Smoke was a little too much for me but that is me. Would be something I could buy but not necessarily seek out
Smooth drink, ashy finish. No bite.
Lots of oak here. Complex flavors but not a favorite
Artificial Smoke flavor to me.
It is a very good, balanced, Straight Bourbon Whiskey that has a delicate birth; while an elegant life leads to a dry & complex death with notes of red fruits & a hint of sweet applewood smoke.
Great bourbon. Very light and subtle on the smoke near the end
Solid flavors very smooth finish soft on the pallet yet great character
I’m feeling the burn and the smoke, but it’s hard to pick out the other flavors.
Got this little jewel in a tasting box and wow! I love scotch but this may just being me back to stateside Whiskey.
I get some stone fruit on the nose and maybe vanilla?
I love to Barbecue and really enjoy using apple wood so I guess it’s natural that I would like this.
The smoke is very subtle but I pick up a soft wooded flavor like when you hold a mint tooth pick in your mouth for a while.
I will defiantly add this to my shelf.
A bit too Smokey, got the spice but overall good on rocks.
A good whiskey, nothing great but would be a good go to.
Honestly, I think I may haven gotten a bad barrel. We have a horrible stink bug problem in my area. Every time you touch one of the jokers, the smell...its horrible. The finish on this bourbon (at least my bottle) reminds me of that stink bug smell. It is absolutely unappealing. I gave the bottle away.
My favorite "discovered" whiskey so far.
Smooth and pleasant. I enjoyed the smoky flavor
Smooth and not bitter. Loved it, but the after taste could have been better.
This might be the worst whiskey I’ve ever had. It has no flavor and is absolutely disgusting. I would give 0 stars but it makes me give 1 on the app
Would drink again but not a priority for my cabinet. sweet, vanilla/butterscotch with background turpentine
taste: tingle, full, smooth. back of pallet, heat on roof of mouth
front palate punch, sandy, smells like wet sand or rocks, earthy, woody, oaky, ashy, charred, peppery, secondary flavor that is...what?? cereal?; mouth-watering, tingle, back of my palate, latent heat on roof of mouth and tip of tongue; it is different, I like it, would drink it again
Its smooth. It also have an unpleasant after taste plus it smells bad. This is not my favorite.
very smoothe best of the gangs of New York Sample
Did not enjoy this. Didn’t even want to finish the vial in the tasting box, but I did because we paid for it.
Tastes like lemongrass and smoke.
Too herbal and earthy.
Love it. Smooth and delicious.
Smooth, but would love to try Cask strength.
It’s got a nice smoke to it and is really interesting to drink neat or on the rocks. Not sure how it would be as a mixer.
This one is so so...smooth but a little dull.
A little smoky with apple, vanilla, sweet and caramel floavors.
Aroma: wood with a hint of smoke. Taste: smokey sweetness, a hint of char. Some savory notes to balance out. On ice: savory and sweet comes through, hints of smokey and woody.
Prefer this straight! Such a great balance!
Very smooth, delicious smokey woody flavor. Goes down cool. It's perfect.
No mentionable hints of smoke, and little apple. It drinks like a baby bourbon that would be served well with another year back. Good sense of flavors and mouthfeel, but still has the young oak flavor that some folks enjoy, and others, not so much. Look forward to trying some of their other products.
I hate to discourage any distiller, who by the very act of production demonstrates bravery and hope. And yet: No.
Oddly unsmoky for a self-alleged smoky creation. Thin and joyless. I found it hard to summon an adjective otherwise. I did pick up some apple, but that's a slim accomplishment.
Not bad, good sipper
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.