Review #788 | /r/Bourbon Review #433 – O.K.I Antique Barrel 9yr
The Schtick: This is a cheeky NDP who uses their brand to indicate the states involved in producing and bottling their sourced spirits – the O, K and I are stand-ins for Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. According to them, it is distilled in Indiana, bottled in Kentucky, and loved in Ohio.
“New Riff Distilling’s award winning O.K.I. Straight Bourbon Whiskey has a new member of the line: introducing O.K.I. Antique Barrel Finish. The O.K.I. ABF, as we call it, utilizes a second aging period in additional new charred oak barrels, with a twist: these barrels were painstakingly coopered according to 19 th and early 20th century practices. The resulting flavors lend an extra dimension of oaky goodness to the whiskey.” – New Riff’s Website
Distiller: MGP/LDi (Indiana)
Bottler: OKI (Ohio)
ABV: 50% ABV
Age: 9 Years
Nose: Sweet, syrupy, musty, funky fruit. Sweet honey. Waffle cone.
Taste: Thick and rich, sweet fruitiness. Honey, oak, cherry, waffle cone.
Finish: Medium length finish but grows exceptionally bitter, oaky and peppery. Some honey, but a lot of the sweetness is lost to clove and spice.
Overall: This was better than the previous, but a super rough finish sapped the momentum we started out with. I think the last thing their bottling needed here was an extra dimension of oak, but I’m curious to see how other releases from them are since there are more in the pipe.
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