Iron Smoke Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Iron Smoke Straight Bourbon Whiskey

(0.75l, 40%)


6.6/10
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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
  • Category
  • Style
    Bourbon
  • Region
    New York
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    40%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS
  • Maturation
    Triple charred virgin white oak casks

Flavor Spiral™

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caramel
butterscotch
oak
spicy
vanilla
marshmallow
ashy
apple
sweet
What does Iron Smoke Straight Bourbon Whiskey taste like?

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Straight Bourbon must be matured for at least 2 years. If a bottle has no age statement, it’s at least 4 years old.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Deep Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Classic Bourbon notes of caramel and butterscoth with an luscious, savory note.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Charcoal, oak, spicy, vanilla and toasted marshmallow.

Finish
Dry, complex finish with notes of red fruits and a hint of sweet applewood smoke.

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Ratings & Reviews
Matt
Matt,
Had a weird smell and taste to it. Almost like cardboard or something chemical. Didn't enjoy it.
 
John
John,
Solid. Not great or mind blowing. But easy to drink. The
 
Brian
Brian,
Drinkable but too smokey for my taste.
 
Mark
Mark,
smooth with an oily texture, not much flavor
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Nice and smooth.
 
NATHANIEL
NATHANIEL,
It’s good booze. I’m not sure it needed the smoke. Sort of a unique angle.
 
Justin
Justin,
Smith and smoky
 
Ashley
Ashley,
Not bad ...
 
Bradley
Bradley,
Pretty smooth on ice. If cheap, would buy again.
 
Justin
Justin,
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.
 
Philip
Philip,
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.
 
Steven
Steven,
One of my favorites
 
Alex
Alex,
Smooth. I enjoyed the hints of apple. Would certainly drink again.
 
Sean
Sean,
Very smooth. I enjoyed this neat and usually like my drinks on the rocks
 
Joe
Joe,
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
 
Praveen
Praveen,
So smooth I couldn't even taste it. Yet still leaves a slight afterburn. Hints of apple and cereal.
 
Robert
Robert,
Great finish. Perfect for nightcap.
 
Ivan
Ivan,
Taste to much like scotch.
 
Jim
Jim,
Easy sipper with great fall flavor
 
Scott
Scott,
Love this whiskey! The smoky flavor really enhances the overall taste. Will definitely order again.
 
David
David,
Nice bourbon with an interesting flavor profile. Kind of sweet and dark. Likely pairs well with a light fruit and cheese plate.
 
Robert
Robert,
Great finish to a night. Straight up or with a couple of cubes... Love this...
 
David
David,
Love it a lot, VERY smoky
 
Carl
Carl,
Smooth
 
Kyle
Kyle,
Kinda tastes like liquid smoke.
 
Roberto
Roberto,
A nice light sipping spirit. Definitely the first selection in a tasting.
 
Bill
Bill,
A little overly smokey for my taste but overall a decent sippin whiskey.
 
Grant
Grant,
A little sweet and a bit smokey with a relatively smooth finish. Nice intro whiskey.
 
William
William,
Very light
 
Brian
Brian,
Just starting to do whiskey tastings, this one was pretty smoky to me.
 
Nathan
Nathan,
Not Smooth at all
 
Zachary
Zachary,
Great whisky not a big burn and very enjoyable actually going to be picking up a bottle of this very soon
 
kevin
kevin,
Amazing
 
Cari
Cari,
Medicinal, weird fake sweet after taste
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Very good. Smooth sweet taste.
 
Michael
Michael,
Not a bad flavor not a big Smokey fan but this has a nice balance
 
Jason
Jason,
Too smoky and doesn't finish well.
 
Steve
Steve,
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
 
Chris
Chris,
Smooth drink, ashy finish. No bite.
 
Mark
Mark,
Lots of oak here. Complex flavors but not a favorite
 
Justin
Justin,
Artificial Smoke flavor to me.
 
Antti
Antti,
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.
 
Zack
Zack,
Great bourbon. Very light and subtle on the smoke near the end
 
Raymond
Raymond,
Solid flavors very smooth finish soft on the pallet yet great character
 
guest
guest,
I’m feeling the burn and the smoke, but it’s hard to pick out the other flavors.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
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.
 
Skyler
Skyler,
A bit too Smokey, got the spice but overall good on rocks.
 
Corey
Corey,
A good whiskey, nothing great but would be a good go to.
 
Adam
Adam,
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.
 
david
david,
My favorite "discovered" whiskey so far.
 
Pierre
Pierre,
Smooth and pleasant. I enjoyed the smoky flavor
 
Sunil
Sunil,
Smooth and not bitter. Loved it, but the after taste could have been better.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
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
 
Dana
Dana,
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
 
Susan
Susan,
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
 
Phillip
Phillip,
Its smooth. It also have an unpleasant after taste plus it smells bad. This is not my favorite.
 
Joe
Joe,
very smoothe best of the gangs of New York Sample
 
Stephanie
Stephanie,
Horrible
 
Philip
Philip,
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.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Love it. Smooth and delicious.
 
JOSEPH
JOSEPH,
Smooth, but would love to try Cask strength.
 
Zack
Zack,
Absolutely Love
 
Lauren
Lauren,
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.
 
Jody
Jody,
This one is so so...smooth but a little dull.
 
Mark
Mark,
A little smoky with apple, vanilla, sweet and caramel floavors.
 
Hayden
Hayden,
Tasted watery.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
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!
 
Nathan
Nathan,
Very smooth, delicious smokey woody flavor. Goes down cool. It's perfect.
 
Brian
Brian,
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.
 
Craig
Craig,
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. Ultimately: No.
 
Walter
Walter,
Not bad, good sipper
 
Matthew
Matthew,
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.
 
David
David,
finished nicely. Sweet and smoky and I definitely tasted the apple wood.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
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.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Avoid! Would rather drink Canadian club
 
Karen
Karen,
Very sudle Smokey flavor with a sweet finish
 
scott
scott,
fair
 
Terry
Terry,
It was ok...all I have
 
Mike
Mike,
Decent flavor, but had a chemical linger aftertaste for me. Might try this one again though.
 
Lane
Lane,
Weird combo. Sweet burned apple pie.
 
Brian
Brian,
Best of the bunch in tasting bottle...
 
Jose
Jose,
I agree with one of the fellows ..it's harsh at the end of your swallow
 
Aaron
Aaron,
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.
 
Steve
Steve,
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.
 
Lisa
Lisa,
Very smoky
 
Eric
Eric,
I didn't taste any smoke or fruit. It seemed thin, raw and harsh. A few more years in oak might help.
 
Roy
Roy,
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.
 
James
James,
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 ;)
 
Amy
Amy,
Smooth, clean, flavorful
 
Andrew
Andrew,
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.
 
Chris
Chris,
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.
 
Alex
Alex,
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...
 
Ian
Ian,
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.
 
Charles
Charles,
Sharp and smokey first, but goes down smooth. Vanilla after taste. Good bourbon.
 
Trista
Trista,
Smooth and savory. Nice mellow finish and subtle undertones. Really love on the rocks.
 
Jennifer
Jennifer,
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.
 
Sheliah
Sheliah,
Very good! Smooth taste, no bite. Best one out of the batch
 
Danny
Danny,
Sweet and smooth, yes. Not smoky enough for my taste in a good bourbon.
 
geoffrey
geoffrey,
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.
 
Jason
Jason,
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.
 
Steven
Steven,
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.
 
Greg
Greg,
Decent, not great. Very smokey and no spice. A little sweetness at the end.
 
Oliver
Oliver,
Apple came through nicely
 
Paul
Paul,
Smooth and Smokey with a hint of sweet aftertaste
 
Michael
Michael,
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.
 
Tommy
Tommy,
Dangerously drinkable and amazing ride on the pallet.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
very smooth on the palate, the smokey finish is perfect
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Wasn't smoky enough. Real light bourbon and I like heavy bourbon. It did have applewood flavor which I didn't end up liking.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Smooth with great aftertaste and mild notes.
 
Brian
Brian,
Smooth and beautiful for a sip. I well enjoyed this. This one came as a sample in the “gangs of New York” pack wonderful!
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
A wood flavor. Like chewing on sticks. Not a smoky flavor.
 
Michael
Michael,
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.
 
Avery
Avery,
Very full and smoky bourbon! Absolutely would recommend.
 
Bill
Bill,
Wonderful - mild smoke and crisp apple flavors with a gentle sweetness - you will want to pour another!
 
Gregory
Gregory,
Not an expert but this drink was smooth and rewarding at the end
 
Susan
Susan,
Just not what I was counting on. A little to much smoke
 
Christopher
Christopher,
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!
 
Todd
Todd,
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!
 
Logan
Logan,
Good stuff, thoroughly enjoyed it
 
Matt
Matt,
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.
 
Brent
Brent,
Really good flavor.
 
Paul
Paul,
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.
 
Mary
Mary,
I was expecting more flavor. A lot of heat, but minimal smoke. Will try this with a applewood smoked steak and reevaluate
 
Marc
Marc,
this bourbon was sublime. Tastes much older than its profile, probably because it is handmade? regardless - highly recommended for any whiskey/bourbon aficionado
 
Stephen
Stephen,
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
 
Tommy
Tommy,
Great finish with hints of the applewood smoke and sweet finish. Really enjoyed this one.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
I like it. It's different, has a nice long savory finish
 
Chris
Chris,
Honestly not bad over rocks. However, based on taste and price point I would not purchase again.
 
Matt
Matt,
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.
 
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