When I first heard about Black Feather American Bourbon Whiskey I dismissed it as a nothing more than a branding stunt put together by a couple of extreme sports stars (Jeremy Rawle, Rob Dyrdek and Travis Pastrana). Then I checked out their site, social channels and apps and realized they’re trying to create not just a brand, but a community and that’s pretty cool.
The whiskey is exactly what you’d expect from non-distillers: young MGP whiskey, the only kind that’s readily available these days at a decent price. Sourced in Indiana and bottled in Texas by a company headquartered in Utah, it’s an interesting grab at a very specific demographic. But art and branding can only get you so far, at the end of the day it’s what’s in the bottle that matters and we’re going to dig into the review right about… now.
Black Feather American Bourbon Whiskey Review: Details and Tasting Notes
In Black Feather’s Words: Black Feather American Bourbon Whiskey
Black Feather is made from two & three-year hand-picked allotments, combining the smoothness of corn and barley with the nutty bite of rye, layered with the rich char from Kentucky white oak barrels and the undertones of toasted cereal. The premium, but not precious, go-to American bourbon is to be enjoyed by all levels of whiskey drinkers that starts with an 86-proof kick and finishes with a welcomed, easy-going finish.
Black Feather American Bourbon Whiskey price, ABV, age and other details
Region: Indiana, USA
Bottler: Black Feather Whiskey
Mash Bill: 70% Corn, 21% Rye, 9% Malted Barley
Cask: New Charred Oak
Age: 2 Years
Black Feather American Bourbon Whiskey Tasting Notes
Caramel syrup, nuts, cinnamon, oak, roasted corn, vanilla and some orange.
Caramel, nuts, oak, watery vanilla, spice, roasted corn and orange peel.
Med-short -> Caramel, peanuts and spice.
BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Ok balance, medium body and a bit of warmth; quite “smooth”.
Black Feather American Bourbon Whiskey Review: OVERALL
Black Feather American Bourbon Whiskey is a fairly average, young, bourbon whiskey sourced from MGP. The aroma is on the lighter side and over time the oak in the aroma shifts into a more raw delivery. The flavor is punchier and spicier than the aroma, but the youth definitely slides through with the oak profile being rawer here than on the nose.
We all know what well aged MGP high-rye stock can taste like with the likes of Redemption Barrel Proof Bourbon and so it’s interesting to taste something that sits in the 2-3 years range in comparison. It’s not a showpiece whiskey, but for a daily workhorse, the kind you can drink with friends at a cookout and mix in cocktails it’s great and comes at a decent price. So not too much to complain about here.
SCORE: 82/100 (B-)
*Disclosure: This Black Feather American Bourbon Whiskey was graciously sent to me by the company for the purposes of this review. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.
Black Feather American Bourbon Whiskey Review
- Nose - 83
- Palate - 82
- Finish - 82
- Balance, Body & Feel - 82
Black Feather American Bourbon Whiskey Summary
Black Feather American Bourbon Whiskey is a punchy MGP bourbon on the young-side that’s not too shabby.