Chambers Bay Straight Bourbon (11/11/17)
land crafted, ocean aged
3/22/19: Fred Minnick and Caleb Kilburn review Chambers Bay Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Our approach to making whiskey combines a healthy respect for traditional methods with the innovative spirit and natural resources of the Pacific Northwest. All of our bourbon whiskies are crafted grain-to-bottle on premise.
As our flagship spirit, Chambers Bay Straight Bourbon is the core expression of our wheated-bourbon. By using wheat as the secondary grain in our mash bill we produce a sweet bourbon—a flavor profile that pairs well with the salty sea air to which it's exposed during the aging process. As the older sibling of our Greenhorn Bourbon, CBD Straight Bourbon is aged 3+ years in a floating boathouse atop Puget Sound—aged longer atop the water than any whiskey in the World.
The Ingredients - local
Truly a locally-crafted bourbon, Greenhorn is made using Cascade mountain water, the highest-quality sweet yellow corn and soft white wheat from Grant County, Wash., and our own proprietary wild-yeast strain harvested from a local apple orchard. You could say we produce our bourbon yeast-to-bottle.
The Aging Process - hydrokinetic
Harnessing the power of the sea, this bourbon is aged in one of our floating boathouses on Puget Sound. The wave and tidal movement created by the hydrokinetic energy expedites the aging process by increasing the interaction of the spirit and the wood inside our charred new american-oak barrels. The sea also enhances our bourbon with a subtle note of sea salt.
The Result - salted caramel
CBD Straight Bourbon has a sweet caramel nose and a sea-salted caramel/toasted oak flavor profile mature beyond its years.
Sea-Salted Caramel & Toffee, with hints of Toasted Oak, Fig, Candied Orange Peel, and Dark Chocolate
CBD Straight Bourbon is bottled at 95 Proof (47.5% alc./vol.)
FIND CHAMBERS BAY STRAIGHT BOURBON <MAP> (Washington state)
March 2019 (see video above)
“…Congratulations to Chambers Bay …This is one of the most encouraging examples of distilling outside of Kentucky. It tastes like bourbon but it has its own nuance. It’s definitely grain-forward but the expression of grain is not like cornbread when it comes from Kentucky, its more developed than that…
…This is an incredible example of doing bourbon outside of Kentucky and making it unique, embracing it and making it your own, so it doesn’t taste like every other bourbon…
…This is the kind of craft distiller you want to support because their flavor profile is unique to them, they have their own bourbon whiskey going on…
…I highly recommend this For those that want to encourage bourbon whiskey outside of Kentucky…”
Cameron Holck - The Whiskey Wash (thewhiskeywash.com)
Appearance: Wild flower honey.
Nose: Green fruits such as melon and apple. Wheat comes through in a big way as a the sweetness carries pleasant tropical spice and a hint of apple blossom.
Palate: Rather delicious from the start, fresh cut wood is prevalent. Pleasantly soft, especially for a three-year bourbon.
"This is an impressive whiskey. It's delicious at only three years old. Chambers Bay Distillery set out to make something delicious, and it worked pretty much the first time..."
Mark Gillespie - WhiskyCast (whiskycast.com)
Score: 89 points
Chambers Bay Straight Bourbon. This whisky from Washington’s Chambers Bay Distillery uses locally grown grains and yeast in fermenting and distilling, and is matured for three years in rickhouses floating on the bay. The nose has good notes of caramel and charred oak, along with hints of molasses and dark chocolate. The taste has good spices with black pepper and chili powder balanced by molasses, caramel, baking chocolate, and vanilla. The finish is long with touches of baking chocolate and caramel. (March, 2018)
Steve Akley - The ABV Network (abvnetwork.com)
Chambers Bay Distillery - Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Mash Bill: Corn (71%), Wheat (19%) & Malted Barley (10%) Age: 3+ Years Bottle Size: 375 ml
Price (Suggest MSRP): $39.95 Proof: 95 Barrel Size: 25 Gallons
Interesting Note: Aged in a barrel in a floating boathouse atop the Puget Sound.
"Nosing this one, it's certainly a caramel bomb...I have to tell you that it is very pleasantly surprising how complex this offering yields when you sample it. After the sweet of the wheat grabs you it yields to a birthday cake, citrus, vanilla, caramel with soft notes of wheat and oak. It heats up your tongue and throat with just the right amount of sting.
Chambers Bay certainly has a winner here. My recommendation is, if you see it... grab it!"
Full Review: ABV Network Review of CBD Straight Bourbon