The bourbon sample used for this review was provided at no cost, courtesy of the respective company.

It was fitting that I reviewed this bourbon on Veterans Day. I want to thank everyone who has served in the Armed Forces. You are true heroes.

Dread River is distilled in Alabama and is Birmingham’s first distillery in over 100 years.

The bourbon is double-barrel whiskey aged in one barrel and then transferred to another to continue the aging process. The double-barrel technique brings out more complex flavors.

Note: I was sipping on the bourbon while watching the Alabama Crimson Tide absolutely manhandle my Kentucky Wildcats in football. As a constant professional, I promise that beating will not sway my review one way or another.

At 106 proof this edition brings above-average heat to a solid bourbon.

On the nose, there were notes of cocoa with sweet vanilla and orange citrus. The whiskey is made from 60% corn, 30% wheat, and 10% malted barley, earthy tones were underlying due to being double-finished in a French Oak barrel.

A thinner bourbon through the lips as the sweetness continues over the palate. Vanilla mixed with cinnamon and cocoa finished deep down the throat.

Double distilled and smooth, this bourbon is a sipping bourbon on a football Saturday if I have tried one. The MSRP on the edition is $106. That is higher than I would like to spend, but it matches the bottle proof.

Note: 20-year U.S. Air Force Combat Controller Master Sergeant Trey Bruner selected the barrels from the distillery for this release.

This whiskey receives 3/5 Barrels.

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