Review #105: Wathen's Barrel Proof Oak Liquor Cabinet Pick

I’d never heard of Wathen’s before my local shop got a barrel pick in. I was curious and looked into them a bit but pretty all we know about this bottle is what’s on the label. It’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon and it’s sourced from somewhere. The owner/picker described this one as ‘liquid candy’ so let’s see if it live up to that tag line.

Wathen’s Barrel Proof Oak Liquor Cabinet Pick

Age: NAS

Abv: 124.7 proof

Color: A medium amber gold

Price: $80

Barrel Number: 75 out of 75


Nose: Sweet and spicy with predominately cinnamon sugar notes and a touch of vanilla.

Taste: Very similar to the nose it’s all cinnamon sugar with a solid mouthfeel.

Finish: Very dry medium length finish with mostly cinnamon notes.

On a rock

Nose: The ice took the edge off off the cinnamon quite nicely and brought out more of the vanilla.

Taste: Very similar to the neat taste but again with less cinnamon and a bit of vanilla and caramel brought in.

Finish: Less dry but still very cinnamon forward and medium length.


Red Hots are a candy and this reminded me a lot of a liquid version of those so I’d definitely say it lived up to the tag line. It was very easy to drink especially given the proof. Unfortunately cinnamon isn’t my favorite note so this wasn’t the best fit for me especially given the price. That said if you like cinnamon candy and deceptively high proof bourbon this might be the bottle for you.

5 - a whiskey with notable strengths but also held back by some flaws

Poor - Overpriced, not worth the money


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