Wathen’s Single Barrel (Bottled 2013) / 47%/ –
Wathen’s bourbon was introduced in the 1990s, soon after Charles W. Medley acquired Owensboro Distillery from United Distillers. The Medleys have been related to the Wathens, the family, which was involved in whiskey production in Kentucky as early as 1780s. When Medley purchased the distillery in 1992 several thousand barrels was included in the contract and they were what Wathen’s Single Barrel was originally. Medley never resumed distillation and ran the distillery as bottling operation. It is his highly guarded secret, which Kentucky distillery has been supplying bourbon for the Wathen’s brand in the 21st Century, apparently it is still distilled according to the family recipe: 77% corn, 10% rye and 13% malted barley.
Nose: vanilla, caramel, maple syrup, banana peel, apples, walnuts, nutmeg, dash of pepper and toasted oak.
Palate: vanilla, caramel, honey, grapefruits, bitter orange marmalade, roasted nuts, pepper, hints of cinnamon and cloves and oak.
Finish: fairly long and spicy, with notes of caramel, vanilla, nutmeg, pepper, ginger and cinnamon.