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Monday, August 28, 2023

OHLQ Announces Watershed Exclusives - Arriving This Week (August 28th)

- 8/22/23 update: I heard from Watershed and each bottle is aged 4 years. 

The Ohio Department of Liquor (OHLQ) has announced the availability of seven exclusive Watershed single barrel selections for $59.99 + tax hitting shelves this week (Week of August 28th). 

Greg Lehman, Founder of Watershed Distillery says:
As Ohio bourbon producers, it's been incredible to see the expansion of the OHLQ private barrel pick program over the years, and we are grateful to be partnering again this year. We have chosen seven incredible barrels from Watershed’s barrel room that have some special qualities and character that bourbon lovers will get excited about.
The seven barrels are:
  • Campfire Bonbon - A light and sugary delight, notes of marshmallow on the palate create an inviting sensation. Its approachable nature makes it effortlessly smooth, ensuring a pleasurable sip every time (129.5 proof). 
  • Caramel Cream Delight - A sweet and inviting aroma, followed by notes of vanilla cream, butterscotch, caramel, a hint of brown sugar, and a satisfying punch of robust oak spice in the finish (131.1 proof).
  • Honeypot - Harmonious notes of honey nut cereal, banana bread, wheat, honeycomb, and a satisfying bite in this flavorful tasting experience (128.9 proof).
  • Malted Heaven - A single malt-like experience, with notes of craisins and tartness, complemented by a satisfying mouthfeel and a lingering, memorable finish (128.2 proof).
  • Plum Crazy - A rich and complex profile, reminiscent of brandy, scotch, or tawny port, with a luscious blend of plum and raisin flavors (128.2 proof).
  • Scrumptious Brown Sugar - A delightful aroma of candy, a consistently sweet brown sugar flavor, reminiscent of a cognac, providing a comforting and warm embrace with every sip (128.4 proof).
  • Stonefruit Nectar - A light, buttery nose leads to flavors of apricot and green tea, with a refreshing, creamy note and smooth finish (130.0 proof).

 You can check this site to find bottles near you.

My Take

I was invited to an event around the release of the 2022 edition of the OHLQ single barrel release and came away with a few favorites. I didn't get to try this year's so I don't have a specific favorite or recommendations, but I think the Honeypot would probably be the one I would gravitate towards. The pros of this release are the huge proofs and the con being no age statements. If you like Watershed, it's worth a $60 flyer to track down a bottle.

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

Source: Watershed Distillery

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