American Whiskey - Bourbon

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Homestead Barrel Proof Bourbon Whiskey

From: Indiana, United States Liquor Review Category: Bourbon American Whiskey

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Tier 3
This is a Tier 3 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics recommended the spirit but it will be a value brand or have an exotic taste.
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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2013

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2013

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  • This bottle has not been rated by this competition.

Proof66 Notes

Homestead Bourbon styles itself as a "barrel proof" bourbon and is indeed bottled at a relatively high 113.4 (though we have personally noticed many single barrel bourbons in the 120s). We're told by co-founder and president John Andrews that their bourbon is distinguished by being barrel proof (stressed in the title) and very proud of the fact that it is uncut (most bourbon is blended back with water to bring it down to 80-90 proof from the 110+ that sits in the barrel) and unfiltered (many whiskeys are chill filtered, which removes some of the fatty acids and can make the spirit taste lighter and thinner). To their mind, this brings out the greater glory of the flavor of the bourbon than competitor products... though it also means the consumer may want to drop a little water in before drinking!

We're told that Homestead co-founders Reggie Amos and John Andrews are both University of Iowa graduates now living as neighbors in Homestead, Iowa, which lends its name to the company. They're founded on principles of fine ingredients, a minimal aesthetic, and no unnecessary embelishment: "whiskey for a whiskey drinker." The whiskey is distilled (as reported by bourbon guru Chuck Cowdery) at Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana (the source of a great lot of whiskey in North America), is aged for 4 years, and includes a measure of 20% rye in its bill. This leads us to believe it will have a spicy note to the flavor profile characteristic of rye. Despite the filing with the federal Tax and Trade Bureau as Strong Spirits, we list LDI as the producers. 

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 4 ratings and 4 reviews.
Irishman Irishman (271) (2014-04-06)
Homestead is a good, quality bourbon. It would get 5 stars if it had a bit more oak and age to it as it seems to be missing something and I can only discern that as being young. 8-10 years might make this one of my top 5 bourbons. That being said, it is a very versatile mixer in a class bourbon cocktail, such as an Old Fashioned. And it is much easier to mix at this price point. All in all, a solid bourbon and one to enjoy if you get the chance.
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ftavares ftavares (1) (2013-03-23)
I was blown away. This was the best bourbon I've ever had. Wish they would start selling in Michigan. I think it would sell like crazy here.
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ericabicker ericabicker (1) (2013-03-23)
Superb quality bourbon. Velvety smooth, toasty notes, with a touch of honey. I highly recommend this one if you can find it!
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TPA TPA (1) (2013-03-22)
Smooth and flavorful. Very much enjoy with a good Padron cigar!
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