The Schtick: This is a Total Wine house brand that is sourced from TerraPURE in the Carolinas – a company that “hyper ages” distills products by attempting to age them faster than conventionally possible using a proprietary method. They claim that this process will revolutionize the industry by providing producers with products that are comparable to well aged bourbons and ryes, in just a fraction of that time. Let’s see how it is.
Winchester Extra Smooth Bourbon carries a 6 month age statement and is bottled at 45% ABV.
Bottler: TerraPURE for Total Wine
ABV: 45% ABV
Age: 6 Months
Nose: Musty, sweet, sickeningly fake, peaches, sugar, dirt. It’s befuddling to me that there can be such a diversity of truly terrible notes here.
Taste: Thin, hot, musty, sweet, no body, cardboard and molding grain. I appreciate that they are taking the step of bottling at 45% ABV, but even then it is still thin and punishing.
Finish: Short, very hot, rough, musty and artificial. Super sweet.
Overall: This is also horrific. If I have learned anything, it is that TerraPURE products should be avoided at practically any cost that your body can muster. I wouldn’t be above selling off some quantity of flesh, in the right situation, in order to avoid having to drink any more of this than I already have.
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