Review: Filibuster Single Estate Bourbon

All the way in Maurertown, Virginia, lies the Filibuster Distillery. Until the writing of this post, I’d just heard of them but had not tried any of their whiskey. They were kind enough to remedy that.

What we have here is a single barrel straight bourbon whiskey distilled at bottled by Filibuster. This specific bottle lists a LOT of information. The whiskey geek in me is greatly appreciative.

  • Water source: Virginia limestone
  • Aged: 2 years, 5 months
  • Ingredients: Corn, Rye, Barley
  • Fermentation Duration: 72 hours
  • Source: Shenandoah HWK Farms
  • Barreled at: 120 Proof
  • Barrel No: A/18/B/1-3
  • Bottling Date: 06/13/20
  • Barrel type: 18 months Air Dried

This barrel was bottled at a cask strength of 115.1 proof. At almost two and a half years old, Filibuster wouldn’t be my typical preferred age for a bourbon. I tend to lean for something in the 7-10 year old range. But, as we know, age is just one factor in the overall character of a whiskey.

The nose is full of kettle corn, grass, black pepper and a light touch of vanilla. The grains really come through here. Taste-wise, we’re looking at a nice bed of caramel topped with pineapple, spice, and some fresh herbs. This bourbon is very friendly at proof, not at all requiring added water. The finish features sweet corn, caramel, and some spice.

Perfectly enjoyable. That’s how I’d describe this 2 year, 5 month old single barrel bourbon from Filibuster. Nobody expects a super complex bourbon at this age, so what’s left is a really pleasant whiskey. One that I’d prefer to sip than to mix. I’d love to see what these whiskies will do as they age to 5, 7, or even 10 years. Next time I visit Washington DC, I’ll be sure to make time to visit Filibuster Distillery in Maurertown. I hope my wife doesn’t mind. 😉

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

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