Whiskey Review: Forty Nine Mile Bourbon

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Whiskey Review: Forty Nine Mile Bourbon

The new Forty Nine Mile Bourbon from the also new San Francisco Distilling Co. is a high-rye bourbon aged seven years on the northern California coast in new American oak barrels. According to Distiller.com, it’s said to be distilled by MGP in Indiana and aged in #3 char barrels, with a mash bill of 75 percent corn, 21 percent malted rye, and 4 percent malted barley.

It’s also only available in California—for now. 90 proof and with a bottle price that will cost you (surprise!) $49, it recently won a Gold from the USA Spirits Ratings.

Tasting Notes: Forty Nine Mile Bourbon

Vital Stats: Mash bill of 75 percent corn, 21 percent malted rye, and 4 percent malted barley; aged seven years in new American oak; 90 proof; about $49 for 750 ml.

Appearance: End-of-sunset orange. Well-loved/used cork coasters. Polished bronze.

Nose: The nose is pleasant and engaging. There is no burn or off scent. It’s more sweet than savory.  Baked pears with caramel sauce.  Lightly toasted marshmallows. Nougat.

Palate: Quite nice! This doesn’t smell like 90 proof and it doesn’t taste like it, either. Mind you, this doesn’t mean weak: It means well-balanced. There’s no fire, but there is a satiating beginning, middle, and end. I find something very satisfying about this whiskey. Like finishing a puzzle and standing back to gaze at your hard work.