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Two new Oregon whiskies come at quality from different angles

This new limited edition release from Big Bottom was finished in a syrah cask and bottled at 121.44 proof.
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Big Bottom Whiskey out of Hillsboro, Oregon is known generally for taking quality bourbon and finishing it in casks which once housed different types of wines. They also do some straight bourbon and one off releases, the latter of which is known as their Warehouse Series. Two new releases this independent spirits bottler recently unveiled showcase the rather unique way they work with American whiskey.

The first new offering is known as Barlow Trail. Described as an American blended whiskey, it prices for around $30 for a 750 ml bottle. It is one Big Bottom plans to distribute across its various retail channels, meaning you are likely to find this spirit eventually where its other whiskies are sold.

What this is exactly is a 91 proof, proprietary blend that Big Bottom said is "comprised of three different whiskeys with no neutral spirits." Tasting notes from them indicate it not to be as spicy as their bourbons, but instead to have a "nice balance with a sweet lighter note." It looks as if it could be a nice alternative to Canadian style whiskey.

The other release planned by Big Bottom, and certainly one which seems to be more appealing to collectors, comes from the Warehouse Series, which is so named because you can generally only buy them in small quantities directly from their tasting room. This new expression is known as Single Barrel 104. It is a bourbon finished in a syrah wine cask and bottled at a smooth cask strength of over 121 proof!

Pricing around $40, only 204 bottles of this particular whiskey are being made available for a high rye bourbon that was finished for seven months. It, like previous releases from the Warehouse Series, won't last all that long on the shelf. Big Bottom said sales will be limited to three bottles per buyer.