Review: Frey Ranch Straight Bourbon Whiskey

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Frey Ranch to check out their grain-to-glass operation. The farm distillery, located just outside of Reno, Nevada, showed me the commitment to quality the owners hold dear.

Their four grain bourbon was recently released in the Nevada market. I sampled it during my trip, though it was only about two years old at that point. Back then I thought it was ready for bottling, but the Freys wanted to wait until at least the four year mark before they considered bottling it. Patience is definitely a virtue.

So here we are. Non-chill filtered and bottled at 90 proof, Frey Ranch bourbon ($49.99) is made of corn, rye, wheat, and malted barley. Every one of those grains are grown, harvested, and milled on the 160-year-old family farm.

The nose features wonderfully luscious honeyed fruit, maple, oak spice, and toasted grains. Taste-wise, the complex, viscous, syrupy bourbon kicks off with toffee, dark chocolate-covered nuts, some dark fruit, and sweet tobacco. The finish is medium-long, with honey, slight oak spice and espresso notes.

Frey Ranch’s bourbon might be the most impressive debut release I’ve tasted. I was impressed then, but am blown away now. It’s currently only available in Nevada, but the brand looks to expand to online sales very soon, which would increase availability across the country. Look for this one and thank me later.

Thanks to Frey Ranch for the sample. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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