Sonoma Bourbon Whiskey
*please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • woody
  • bread
  • toffee
  • dark chocolate
  • vanilla
  • fudge
  • sweet
  • corn
  • cedarwood

Sonoma

Bourbon Whiskey (0.7l, 46%*) *please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary

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Character Goatson
A bright, corn-forward Bourbon with and old-school character we really like.

Adam Spiegel was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area. As a child, his family took regular trips up to Sonoma County where he was surrounded by Wine culture. As an adult, he first launched himself into a career in finance. But the Spirits — so to speak — called him. In 2008 he worked alongside a friend to distill for the first time and he was hooked. Shortly thereafter he launched Sonoma Distilling Company where he and his team produce a range of California Whiskies — a list that now include seven core products and the occasional special edition.

To create Sonoma Bourbon Whiskey, Adam has selected a mash bill of 70% California corn, 25% California wheat, and 5% Wyoming malted barley. The fermented Spirit has been distilled on his old-school alembic copper pot still using direct fire heat. And we really appreciate that it is bottled at the perfect ABV — 46%. All of that makes this a delight… a Bourbon that not only tastes hand-crafted, but IS hand-crafted.
*please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Color
Medium Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma leans toward Crack jacks and sweet cornbread with additional notes of mixed woods — cedar and sandalwood.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate is bright with notes of spun toffee, more Cracker Jacks, dark chocolate, and vanilla fudge… and is that a hint of smoked paprika in the distance?

Finish
The finish is brisk with a bit of heat and sweet staying on the tongue.
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We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.

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  • woody
  • bread
  • toffee
  • dark chocolate
  • vanilla
  • fudge
  • sweet
  • corn
  • cedarwood
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Bourbon Is a ''new barrel Spirit'': One of the legal requirements for Bourbon is that it only be aged in brand new oak charred barrels.

Pinhook’s high-proof Bourbon won Gold at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, while the Straight Rye Whiskey won Double Gold the following year. In 2021, their Bourbon War Vertical Series 5 Year and the 2021 Flagship Bourbon won a Gold Medal each, with a Double Gold going to their Tiz Rye Time Vertical Series 5 Year. Pinhook is evidently doing something right!

Bourbon matures quicker than Scotch due to higher temperatures in American warehouses.
Straight Bourbon must be matured for at least 2 years. If a bottle has no age statement, it’s at least 4 years old.

Speaking of breeding winner horses, two of Pinhook’s co-founders have horseracing in their DNA. Jamie Hill and Mike McMahon continue the tradition of their families as third-generation horsemen, owning a bloodstock agency and a thoroughbred racing company. Applying that knowledge to Whiskey just made sense.

Pinhooking means purchasing and rearing a foal based on its pedigree and either selling it or turning it into a champ racing horse. The same idea is behind Pinhook Bourbon: they source young Whiskey to mature and blend it into a blue-ribbon sipping Bourbon.

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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Bourbon Is a ''new barrel Spirit'': One of the legal requirements for Bourbon is that it only be aged in brand new oak charred barrels.

Pinhook’s high-proof Bourbon won Gold at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, while the Straight Rye Whiskey won Double Gold the following year. In 2021, their Bourbon War Vertical Series 5 Year and the 2021 Flagship Bourbon won a Gold Medal each, with a Double Gold going to their Tiz Rye Time Vertical Series 5 Year. Pinhook is evidently doing something right!

Bourbon matures quicker than Scotch due to higher temperatures in American warehouses.
Straight Bourbon must be matured for at least 2 years. If a bottle has no age statement, it’s at least 4 years old.

Speaking of breeding winner horses, two of Pinhook’s co-founders have horseracing in their DNA. Jamie Hill and Mike McMahon continue the tradition of their families as third-generation horsemen, owning a bloodstock agency and a thoroughbred racing company. Applying that knowledge to Whiskey just made sense.

Pinhooking means purchasing and rearing a foal based on its pedigree and either selling it or turning it into a champ racing horse. The same idea is behind Pinhook Bourbon: they source young Whiskey to mature and blend it into a blue-ribbon sipping Bourbon.

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