Off Hours Bourbon is bottled by Off Hours Spirits and made by MGP in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. The packaging is simple, but attractive. The label is reminiscent of a 19th century label, being very plain without a lot of detail. The bottle caught my eye while I was in Westport Whiskey & Wine and I decided to pick it up. The price was less than fifty dollars and it had a good color and no age statement, so it is at least four years old. Matt and I sat down and tasted it and here are our tasting notes.
Off Hours Bourbon
Age: No Age Statement
- Mike: Vanilla cream and marshmallows with a little dried fruit – dates or cherries, with a hint of oak wood.
- Matt: Marshmallow cream, vanilla with a hint of dates and oak wood.
- Mike: Vanilla and dates with some baking spices –cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, with some sweet oak wood. Tasted with a dried cranberry and the vanilla and spice come forward making it very sweet. Tasted with a pecan and a note of citrus comes out to join the dates in the fruit flavor.
- Matt: Marshmallows and vanilla latte coffee sprinkled with a little nutmeg. The dried cranberry enhanced the vanilla and nutmeg and brought out a little orange zest note. The pecan enhanced the orange zest note and the nutmeg spice.
- Mike: Medium long with lots of oak and baking spices. The dried cranberry made the finish shorter and reduced the spice note. The pecan made the finish longer with a little more oak wood and a lingering citrus note of orange zest.
- Matt: A long finish with oak and white pepper. The dried cranberry enhanced the white pepper spice. The pecan made the finish very peppery with some dry oak wood.
I would pair this Bourbon with a cigar that has some rich vanilla or chocolate notes in the smoke. I think I might reach for a Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial cigar. It has the rich vanilla notes in the smoke that would pair well with the vanilla and spice of the Bourbon.
Photos Courtesy of Rosemary Miller
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