To clear up any confusion, I will also define a Straight Whiskey, which is slightly different. This is a distillate from a mash bill not requiring 51% corn, max 95% ABV from the still and bottled to a minimum 40% ABV. It still must meet the above barrel requirements for at least two years.
-Smells corn! And caramel
-Tastes very peppery
-W/water smells citrusy
-Tastes very peppery w/oak
This Whiskey is a New Make meaning it is not aged for long at all. Putting it in barrels for a short time insures the Whiskey in the name is allowed.
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
-Smells bourbon, cotton candy, berry, light oak
-Tastes very oaky, trails oak
-W/water smells cherry cotton candy
Tastes light oak, trails quickly!
-Smells cherry, bourbon oak
-Tastes pepper w/ touch cookie dough
-Goes quickly to bitter oak!
-W/water smells bourbon oak
-Tastes peppery oak
Straight Bourbon Finished in Port Casks
-Smells caramel cherry and slight oak
-Tastes light wood, cookie dough
-Trails very strong oak
-W/water smells light grape/wine (tinge sour grape), sweet cherry candy
Tastes cherry scone into oak w/ very little pepper and short aftertaste of port.
Experimental Single Batch Series
Finished in Extra Anejo Tequila Barrels
-Smells sweet lemon bar w/touch of oak
-Tastes light citrusy with bitter oak
-W/water smells lemon dish soap
-Tastes light oak, light pepper, something floral
Trails bitter oak!
The pictured whiskey is probably not what I actually tasted. I would like to have been able to see the same label for my dram.
I was impressed with both the nose and taste of the Port Cask and Tequila. The Silver was unremarkable. I'm glad to have tasted their recent expressions and helped, in small part, to support a new distillery in Tennessee.
-smelled bourbon w/tinge of floral
-tasted like watered down bourbon
-w/water smelled sour going quickly to bourbon
-trailed oaky w/touch of smoke
*Chattanooga Whiskey 1816 Cask 56.8% ABV
-smelled sweeter than the Reserve
-much stronger alcohol smell w/tinge of vinegar
-tasted peppery on the tongue w/spicy alcohol
-w/water smelled bourbon and oak, floral
These are notes from a 2012 tasting. I preferred the Cask with a little water.