Old Soul Tintype Series 1 Straight Bourbon Review

Review by Mark Pringle |

84 Highly Rated Bourbon General Review of Old Soul Tintype Series 1 Straight Bourbon

Old Soul Tintype Series #1 is a rich, aggressive, and flavor-packed bourbon. I stumbled upon this at a new liquor store in my area. The store owner tried to push it on me. I was somewhat intrigued by the striking black and white image of blues singer Captain Luke Mayer on the label. The honey reddish-brown color of the bourbon made it even more appealing. However, I didn't buy it because of the price point and because I had not done any research on this bourbon. After researching Tintype Series #1, the few reviews I saw gave it high praise. Finding out that this is an MGP distilled bourbon with a high-rye mash bill of 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4% malted barley pushed me over the hump, and I returned to the store to purchase it. Boy, am I glad I did. This bourbon, bottled at 119.2 proof and aged on-site at Old Soul's (Cathead Distillery) Jackson, Mississippi-based distillery, has proven well worth it.

Anyway, here is my review of Old Soul Tintype Series 1 Bourbon Whiskey.

Old Soul Tintype Series 1 Straight Bourbon

Rating: 84


Ratings breakdown based on a 100 point scale.

  • 90-100 Exceptional
  • 80-89 Very Good
  • 70-79 Average
  • 60-69 Below Average
  • 50-60 Drain Pour

Detailed Tasting Notes

Nose Review - Rating: 85

From the first time I opened the bottle, a beautiful caramel-rich aroma intermingled with some light oak permeated the air. The aroma is moderately complex, and the bourbon notes are very dense and weighty—nutty toffee, chocolate-covered cherries, and brown sugar notes with a low level of ethanol under them. Interestingly, the rye spice did not become prominent until after my first sip. Later in the tasting experience, I got a bit of corn sweetness on the nose as the spice subsided.

Palate Review - Rating: 86

I love this! I have to admit that I favor Bourbons that are spice-heavy and equally sweet. Old Soul Tintype Series #1 is one of those Bourbons. An aggressive peppery heat hits your mouth immediately, followed closely by a rich corn sweetness, chocolate-covered cherries, char, toasted oak, and ethanol heat. There's a slight oiliness on the palate, but it is not obvious. The char also seems heavy, and you can clearly taste it. While the palate is not complex, it is indeed full of flavor. Heat for the sake of heat is never good. However, heat, when you combine it with dense flavor, high-rye spice, and confectionary sweetness is an experience. Old Soul Tintype Series #1 Bourbon is a wonderfully aggressive tasting experience.

Finish Review - Rating: 86

The finish is long with spicy, nutty oak, toasted oak, and pepper. It lingers in the back of your throat and esophagus while giving a warmth that radiates throughout your chest.

Uniqueness Review - Rating: 81

I would not say that this profile is overly unique, but it does what it does very well. It is unique in that Tintype Series #1 is a full-tasting experience from the nose to the palate and the finish.

Value Review - Rating: 80

I paid $99 for this tasty whiskey. This is not a price point that I take lightly. However, it lived up to its price point in today's market.

Author: Mark Pringle
Smell IS taste. I am just a guy who has been hit with the bourbon bug and who has come to the conclusion that life is too short to drink average tasting bourbons. Go Gators!
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