Brother’s Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a testament to a deep friendship and a shared passion for quality bourbon. The brand was founded by actors Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley, who are best known for their roles as brothers in the hit television series “The Vampire Diaries.” Their on-screen chemistry translated into a real-life friendship, and together they embarked on a journey to create a bourbon that reflects their bond and mutual appreciation for fine whiskey.

The duo spent years learning the intricacies of bourbon production, tasting countless samples, and refining their recipe. They aimed to produce a bourbon that embodies the heritage and craftsmanship of classic American whiskey while also offering a unique and approachable profile. The result is Brother’s Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey, launched in 2021 to much acclaim from both bourbon enthusiasts and casual drinkers alike.

The aroma of Brother’s Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey is immediately inviting, offering a complex and harmonious bouquet. Rich notes of ripe banana and creamy caramel dominate, enveloping the senses with their sweetness. This initial impression is complemented by layers of honey and a subtle hint of dried fruit, suggesting figs or raisins. This bourbon comes in at only 80 proof and the bottle itself is elegantly designed, reflecting the premium nature of the spirit within.

Brother’s Bond delivers on its aromatic promises with a smooth and well-balanced palate. The first sip reveals a luscious sweetness dominated by caramel and vanilla, creating a creamy texture that coats the mouth. As the bourbon unfolds, mid-palate notes of dark cherries and apricots come to the fore, adding a delightful fruitiness that enhances the overall complexity.

The oak influence, while noticeable, is subtle and integrated, providing structure and a slightly tannic edge that balances the sweeter elements. This careful balance of flavors demonstrates meticulous attention to detail in the blending process.

The finish is medium to long, with lingering notes of vanilla, caramel, and a touch of spice. The initial sweetness of caramel and vanilla gradually fades, giving way to a drier, slightly smoky oak character that lingers pleasantly.

Brother’s Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a testament to it’s founders. While it’s a little light for serious bourbon drink, it is clear that Somerhalder and Wesley have poured their passion and dedication into creating a bourbon that is both accessible and easy to drink.

The branding and story behind Brother’s Bond add an additional layer of appeal, especially to female bourbon drinkers, making it a great gift for fans of “The Vampire Diaries” or anyone who appreciates a well-crafted bourbon.


3 out of 5 Barrels