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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Watershed Distillery Announces Batch 002 of Barrel Strength Bourbon Finished in Apple Brandy Casks

Columbus based Watershed Distillery has announced the September 18th release of their 2021 Watershed Barrel Strength Bourbon Batch 002. This batch has been aged aged four years in virgin char #4 White Oak barrels and finished for 34-45 months in Ohio apple brandy casks. 

Head Distiller Aaron Harris says:
When selecting the barrels for this batch of our Barrel Strength Bourbon, our Barrel Master Anne Dimmick and I set out to highlight the true depth and complexity of the bourbon we make at Watershed Distillery. We are always looking for that 'magic' in a barrel—a rich and bold bourbon with balanced sweetness that truly stands apart from the rest, and we think Batch 002 captures that perfectly.
In addition to the aging information above, this release is bottled without chill filtration and comes in at a whopping 120.8 proof (60.4% alcohol). This is the oldest Watershed release to date and there will be 3,060 bottles available across seven states (Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, New York and Michigan). Suggested retail price is $89.99 per bottle. The tasting notes are:

Nose: Dark brown sugar caramel, roasted oak and rich vanilla
Taste: The palate brings with it a full-bodied rich viscosity, with complex notes of fig, peripheral spice, and a touch of black cherry and toasted nuttiness
Finish: Robust and balanced with lingering complexity

My Take

For living in Columbus, I don't have a ton of history with Watershed. I know there are a lot of people who really like it. I've had it a few times but I wasn't blown away. When they released this last year, it sold out within three hours so if this is something you're interested in, I'd recommend hitting up the distillery on the 18th. 

What do you think? Drop a note in the comments below. 

Source: Watershed Distillery

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