Shenk's Homestead Sour Mash Whiskey 2022 Review

Review by Mark Pringle |

80 Highly Rated Bourbon General Review of Shenk's Homestead Sour Mash Whiskey, Batch 22F1878

I hesitated to buy Shenk's Homestead 2022 Release, Kentucky Sour Mash Whiskey, because of the proof level. I struggle with most whiskeys under 100 proof. Because of this, Shenk's, being 91.2 proof, was fighting an uphill battle. It was going to take a lot for me to like this.

NOTE: This review has been updated here: Shenk's Homestead Sour Mash Whiskey 2022 Review. An Elegant Second Pour.

I stood in line for an hour at a Black Friday allocated liquor event, so I had to purchase something (I was number 220 in line), right? When I got to the counter, all the allocated bourbons I wanted were gone. Conspicuously, Shenk's was sitting on the counter, so I grabbed it, knowing I could parlay this into the bourbon I wanted. However, the color looked creamy and caught my attention. It had an excellent dark amber coloring. Would I drink this after all?

A change of heart. After a few days of deciding what to do with this whiskey I had never experienced, I decided to give it a taste. So, here is my review of Shenk's Homestead 2022 Release, Kentucky Sour Mash Whiskey. Bottle: 655. OF: 1924. Batch: 22F1878.

Shenk's Homestead 2022 Release, Kentucky Sour Mash Whiskey

Rating: 80


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: 80

The nose on Shenk's 2022 is very mild. I am working hard to pick up specific notes. There is what seems to be dark dried fruit, maybe prune. Working hard, I picked up almost imperceptible sweet custard notes.

As usual, I sat the glass down before tasting it because doing so tends to reveal more aroma notes. I was not disappointed. A much stronger caramel and custard nose was revealed in Shenk's 2022.

Palate Review - Rating: 80

The palate caught me off guard initially. Why? Shenk's 2022 drank hotter than its 91.2 proof. It drank closer to 100-proof whiskey, which is good for my taste buds. However, there wasn't a richness of flavor that I would expect at this price point - $106. There was no oiliness or creaminess in this first pour, something I always look for in a whiskey.

The palate and finish featured a minty, oak, and black pepper spice. I need help picking out anything else. I asked my wife to help me, but she refused. She's not a whiskey drinker. I look for a measure of sweetness in whiskey, and this is missing it. Aside from the presence of that leathery oak, there's not much complexity here, sadly.

Finish Review - Rating: 84

Interestingly, the finish of Shenk's Homestead 2022 Release is amazingly long. Wow! It was very unexpected for a whiskey at this proof level. It doesn't just linger; it opens its tent and camps out for a while. Sadly, the finish has minimal discernible flavor beyond the oak, pepper, and mint spice.

Uniqueness Review - Rating: 80

I will give Shenk's Homestead 2022 Release some uniqueness kudos because of its finish. It probably has the longest finish of any whiskey I've had at this proof level.

Value Review - Rating: 75

I expected a lot more at a $106 price point. I understand this is a precarious price point, but the lower proof and missing flavor intensity simply do not justify paying over $100.

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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