Winchester Extra Smooth Bourbon Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Winchester Extra Smooth Bourbon

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  • Distiller:

    TerrePURE

  • Bottler:

    TerrePURE

  • ABV:

    45%

  • Age:

    <1 Year

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 65
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: The palate is pungent and green, though a sweet butterscotch character eventually pushes through some of that. Otherwise, notes of tar and charcoal dominate, particularly on the finish.
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  • Raided Score: 55
  • Publication: Modern Thirst
  • Excerpt: The best thing I can say about Winchester Extra Smooth Bourbon is “Thank God it wasn’t made in Kentucky.”
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  • Raided Score: 65
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: There is caramel and vanilla that is trying to stand out, but isn’t succeeding to rise to the forefront.
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  • Raided Score: 60
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: I wouldn't be above selling off some quantity of flesh, in the right situation, in order to avoid having to drink any more of this than I already have.
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  • Intro:

    This is a Total Wine house brand that is sourced from TerrePURE in the Carolinas - a company that "hyper ages" distills products by attempting to age them faster than conventionally possible using a proprietary method. They claim that this process will revolutionize the industry by providing producers with products that are comparable to well aged bourbons and ryes, in just a fraction of that time. Let's see how it is.

  • Nose:

    Musty, sweet, sickeningly fake, peaches, sugar, dirt. Its befuddling to me that there can be such a diversity of truly terrible notes here.

  • Taste:

    Thin, hot, musty, sweet, no body, cardboard and molding grain. I appreciate that they are taking the step of bottling at 45% ABV, but even then it is still thin and punishing.

  • Finish:

    Short, very hot, rough, musty and artificial. Super sweet.

  • Overall:

    This is also horrific. If I have learned anything, it is that TerraPURE products should be avoided at practically any cost that your body can muster. I wouldn't be above selling off some quantity of flesh, in the right situation, in order to avoid having to drink any more of this than I already have.

  • Score:

    1

  • By t8ke
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