Thirteenth Colony Double Oaked Bourbon Review

Review by Mark Pringle |

84 Highly Rated Bourbon General Review of Thirteenth Colony Double Oaked Bourbon, Batch 492

This purchase of Thirteenth Colony Double Oaked Bourbon was my first purchase in over a month, and it was impromptu. I promised myself I would not make any more impromptu purchases, but then I saw this local bourbon from Americus, Georgia, that was double oaked and cask strength. The dark color mesmerized me, so I decided to take an 80-buck leap of faith. Frankly, I had not been very successful in doing this. This time, I was! 

Thirteenth Colony Double Oaked Bourbon

Thirteenth Colony Double Oaked Bourbon Detail

Please note that Thirteenth Colony Double Oaked Bourbon is listed as a Bourbon Whiskey and not a Straight Bourbon Whiskey. See The Difference Between Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Bourbon Whiskey.

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: 83

On the nose, I’m getting dark molasses and caramel. There is almost a citrus aroma underneath those two notes; some cherry too. At 135.3 proof, there’s virtually no ethanol on the nose. The scent is pleasant but not substantial. Oh…burnt sugar. More on the nose below.

Palate Review - Rating: 84

The first sip of Thirteenth Colony Double Oaked Bourbon was...WOW! You feel the sweetness and dominant heat from the very beginning. This is not for the faint of heart. I’m a high-proof drinker, and this does not play. It took a few sips for me to acclimate. After the first sip, I’m getting more cherry on the nose. Interesting. A sweet, dark, brazen oak palate. The taste is a reflection of the nose with much more intensity. Again, molasses. There isn’t much creaminess here, which suggests not an extremely old bourbon (I could be wrong), but the flavor is there. The nose is complex. Every time I go back, I get something different. This time, some floral notes. Unfortunately, this is not a whiskey that is smooth or refined. Back to the palate: salted dark caramel and strong oak with moderate black pepper on the back end. This is aggressive, fun, and good. This is absolutely a bourbon I will need to revisit in a couple of weeks.

Finish Review - Rating: 83

Salted dark caramel with a moderate amount of black pepper on the finish. Long and warm.

Uniqueness Review - Rating: 84

The uniqueness of Thirteenth Colony Cask Strength Double Oaked Bourbon starts with the molasses' dark color and continues through a bold palate.

Value Review - Rating: 86

In today's market, something this good at a $79.99 retail price is a great deal.

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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