Dexter Three Wood Straight Bourbon Whiskey Review

Last weekend the Ohio Distiller’s Guild put on their first Craft Whiskey Festival that brought together 11 craft distillers that allowed many of the 450 visitors try whiskies they may have never had the opportunity to try. This week I’m going to review one of those whiskies from the Brain Brew Custom Whiskey distillery as I give a taste to their Dexter Three Wood bourbon. Let’s see if this three wood bourbon makes company or its overcrowded.


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NAME – Dexter Three Wood Straight Bourbon Whiskey


PROOF – 100.6


AGE – non-age stated


COLOR – Harvest gold (1.3 russet muscat on the Whiskey Magazine Color Chart)


NOSE – Butterscotch, orange peel, buttered grits, spicy wood notes, cinnamon, and a slight walnut


TASTE – Vanilla comes forward along with cherry, cinnamon, barrel, and rye spice. An amber honey is underneath along with an ever so subtle citrus note.


FINISH – I would call this a medium to long finish. The cinnamon, wood spice and rye spice linger for a decent amount of time and give you a slow burn on the tongue.


REVIEW – This was the most interesting whiskey I tasted at the festival that I had never had before. It has 36% rye and then adding the 200-year-old oak (my guess would be French oak), cherry and maple wood, this has a fair bit of spice to it. If you like an interesting bourbon that adds that tingle on the tongue, you will like this. You can do a lot of things with this whiskey. It can drink it neat, on ice or easily would hold up on a cocktail. For $50 for a craft whiskey and a good-looking label with this type of versatility, its not a bad buy. Most likely your friends won’t have it either.


FINAL COMMENTS – This whiskey is named in honor of the world famous 1800s bourbon blender –  Edmund Dexter.   He was so renowned –  Charles Dickens and King Edward VII stayed with him at his home on 4th street in Cincinnati.


The Dexter Three Wood Straight Bourbon is finished with 200 Year Oak, Maple Wood & Cherry wood. Based off the conversation I had with the people that were at the whiskey festival, the process that they use is similar on how Maker’s Mark does their Private Selects as they add the three different woods into the barrel of whiskey to create the different taste profile.  This bourbon is produced at Brain Brew Custom Whiskey in Newtown, Ohio.