GSN Review: Fistful of BourbonEdit Post
Contributed by on Dec 09, 2018
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Released in 2018, Fistful of Bourbon (“Fistful”) marks the first-ever American whiskey created by William Grant & Sons. With production led by Whisk(e)y Blender Kelsey McKechnie and Master Blender Brian Kinsman they chose five straight American bourbons to create a blend of distinct tastes that come together to make a one-of-a-kind bourbon.
This is William Grant & Sons first from-the-ground-up American whiskey. Fistful of Bourbon is a blend of five straight American bourbons aged at least two years. “There’s an art and science to blending — and Fistful is a balance of both,” explained William Grant & Sons Whisk(e)y Blender, Kelsey McKechnie. “Our creative process combined the art of nosing along with our vision for the whiskey and the science of blending different bourbons to create a unique taste all its own. We’re excited to showcase William Grant & Sons’ long-time blending experience by bringing it to the American whiskey scene.”
“Fistful is a hallmark of William Grant & Sons’ relentless commitment to placing quality at the heart of any new spirit introduction,” said William Grant & Sons President and Managing Director, Americas Jonathan Yusen. “From Glenfiddich’s pioneering position in single malt Scotch, to Hendrick’s leadership role in reinvigorating the gin category, to Monkey Shoulder introducing blended Scotch to a new generation of whisky drinkers, William Grant & Sons has never stopped experimenting and pushing the boundaries. With over a century of award-winning whisk(e)y experience, we’re thrilled to bring our liquid expertise to something truly unique in the bourbon category.”
Fistful of Bourbon (90 proof)
Visual: Medium brown.
Nose: Lots of high, woody notes supported by a mid-range of light toffee and slight vanilla. Slightly sweet.
Taste: Very much in the straight American bourbon camp, but smoothed out in the sense that the usual intensity has been softened and made more approachable to a new whiskey drinker.
Finish: Medium long with some of the sweeter notes retaining their hold on the overall impression.
Overall: There’s nothing here that surprises, but it is a solid bourbon that works well as a shot or with a mixer.
GSN Rating: B
For more information go to: Fistful of Bourbon