Oppidan Bourbon Smoke + Sea

Oppidan Spirits Oppidan Bourbon Smoke + Sea

(0.75l, 46%)


7.5/10
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American Bourbon Blend redefined
 
‘Oppidan’ is a swanky way of saying ‘townsman’ and according to the philosophy of Oppidan Spirits, modern townsmen create better versions of the existing world each day. It’s about finding the next best thing – or inventing it. Distillation is a pretty old business (at least 4.000 years), but sometimes things need an update. Oppidan’s new American school of distilling is the latest upgrade in the millennia-long evolution. Founded in 2015 by Jeff Walsh, Oppidan takes tradition and enhances it with modern experimentation, coming up with exciting new twists and techniques. Situated not far from Lake Michigan, the Spirit Sorcerers specialize in American Gin and Whiskey, pushing the envelope all the time.
 
The elegant bottle labelled “Smoke + Sea” holds a precious Whiskey created from four-grain Straight Bourbon and Solera-aged Bourbon mash bills. The malty and chocolaty Bourbon inherits its smoky and maritime character from French Oak and barrels that used to hold peated Islay Scotch. It’s a harmonious balance of true American Spirit and mysterious shores of Scotland.
  • Category
  • Style
    Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Region
    Illinois
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    46%
  • Distillery

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smoky
malt
charred
vanilla
figs
caramel
What does Oppidan Bourbon Smoke + Sea taste like?

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Bourbon must be made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Dark amber
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Shortbread-forward nose with notes of charred peat and smoke piercing through the sweetness.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Fine Bourbon flavor is followed by vanilla, figs and toffee.
 
Finish
Finish with heavy peat and smoke followed by oceanic saltiness.
Ratings & Reviews
MIKE
MIKE,
I really liked the bold, smokey taste of this bourbon ... definitely something different if you're willing to try it out.
 
Michael
Michael,
I did not enjoy this one. Overwhelming oak and smoke killed any other flavor notes. I cannot even use this as a mixer because the oak and smoke are too much.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
This should be considered a whiskey and scotch blend. Heavy peat. Reminiscent of laphroaig
 
Gregory
Gregory,
Too much oak in the finish. This seems to be a craft bourbon thing. Pile on the oak and call it smoke. Take a snort of this and then one of Laphroaig or Peat Monster and you'll know the difference. I was disappointed because it doesn't taste as described (to me). On its own merits (without a tasting note to consider), its a strong cinnamon, salty open with a burst of oak. The finish is a bit overbearing. If they could only tone that down a bit I think they'd be on to something.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
While I am not a Bourbon lover, I was intrigued by the Islay-touch and not disappointed. A nice Bourbon that pairs well with chocolate or toffee ...
 
Gregory
Gregory,
Recommend this bourbon. Smokey but not overwhelming and smoother than some bourbons I have tried
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Taste too much like scotch. Couldn’t detect any bourbon notes at all. If you don’t like scotch don’t by this “bourbon.”
 
Monica
Monica,
I love this! Slightly smoky and peaty but still smooth.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Very nice. Peat and sherry notes go very, very well with a bourbon. This is my first bottle of Oppidan, and I am pleased to make their acquaintance.
 
Topher
Topher,
I love this one. Very nice fruit, vanilla and oak flavor followed by slight peat & smoke.. and finishes with a subtle cocoa flavor.
 
Carol
Carol,
Oh yes this bourbon really grows on you. With the lingering tastes of chocolate, coffee, caramel, it is very enjoyable
 
Imran
Imran,
also love.
 
Taylor
Taylor,
It’s a good experiment, but it seems like some age and a higher proof would suit it very, very well. I’m excited to see where this distillery goes!
 
Ryan
Ryan,
I have really enjoyed about half this bottle and still can’t quite put my finger on all the flavors. Definitely pleasantly smokey but with a malty grain background and sweeter notes of perhaps chocolate and vanilla. A really nice change of pace whiskey to add to a collection that bridges Scotch and American whisk(e)ys
 
Todd
Todd,
This was a little too smokey for my taste...
 
Carol
Carol,
It really grew on me. I do taste the chocolate right at the end. A little scotchy, smoky, but very enjoyable
 
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