Okay, stop laughing. This is a real bourbon. No, I did not make this name up. Here, take a look at the picture below.
The decision to purchase this was really easy. I was at one of my favorite places to purchase bourbon, Green's Liquor in Greenville, SC. Yes, Green's in Greenville. Green's carries several interesting bourbons that don't seem to be available many other places. I decided to try something that was non-traditional, so I went with bourbon not from Kentucky.
Big Bottom is an interesting drink. On the back, it says that it is named after someplace in Oregon, which is where the label said this was made. It also said that Big Bottom has a considerable amount of rye in the mix. Usually, I am not a fan of rye, but i dove right in.
This bourbon has a mild nose. I decided to just try it neat, and I have to say after many more drinks, I am not sure what to make of Big Bottom. At first, I did not like Big Bottom, but I warmed up a little. I did find that the taste was good, but mild. A little ice caused the flavor to become almost weak.
Some other observations. It does not make a very good Manhattan. The bitters totally clobbered the taste of the bourbon and destroyed that balance I like in my Manhattans. So much for rye in a Manhattan. I think this bourbon would make a great drink where the strong flavor of some bourbons is not called for, like a Mint Julep for my Wahoo friend.
We made some other purchases at Green's, so check back for more reviews. Until next time.