Stetson bourbon is owned by New Jersey based Vision Wine & Spirits and named after American western-wear fashion brand, Stetson. It utilizes a four grain mash bill, as opposed to the traditional three grain, which includes the use of both rye and wheat. The whiskey is double pot-stilled using tradition copper pot stills. No age statement is given but its aged for roughly around four years. At 84 proof and around $25 it is intended to compete with other entry level ‘starter’ bourbons. So how does it fare?
Appearance: A light golden amber color with thin quick legs
Nose: A very fruity nose. Apples are big on the nose with some pear. Dried fruits like raisins are present along with light hints of nutmeg, cinnamon and tamarind.
Palate: You get a quick wave of sweet and heat from the alcohol on first entry. The wheat enters mid palate and ends with a rather nice finish of rye. All in all a very good taste. A little thin on the mouthfeel but nothing really to complain about. The finish is rather quick but we get a nice spice to round out the sweetness.
Overall: A well made whiskey and considering the price can make for a good daily sipper. The four grains hold well together without one overpowering the other. While not overly complex this is definitely a starter whiskey but a good one. At this price or if it is on sale I would definitely recommend.
Rating: 84 / * * *S