Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Barrel 166 Review

Sunday Evening Review


My day job is in innovation and there is a concept in innovation called fail fast. The idea is not to wait to build the perfect mouse trap but build one, fail quickly, learn, make better and then repeat. Chattanooga Whiskey has an Experimental Single Barrel program that lets their distillery do the same. The nice part is they let the public see if they failed, they are on to something or hit a home run. This week I review one of these experiments. Let’s see where they are at in the process.


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NAME – Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Single Barrel #166


PROOF – 121.2


AGE – 4 years, 3 months and 14 days


COLOR – chestnut hair (1.4 tawny on the Whiskey Magazine Color Chart)


NOSE – CHOCOLATE BOMB right when you put your nose to it. Then you start to get butterscotch, vanilla, malted cereal, almond butter, little campfire smoke, cherry cobbler, tobacco leaf.


TASTE – The campfire note comes more to the front but not overwhelming. Chocolate malt, warn leather, cigar tobacco, black tea, and dark roasted coffee grounds.


FINISH – I would call this a long finish. The malted chocolate, charred oak and tobacco hang around for a long time.


REVIEW – I really like this but I could see where a lot of people might not like it due to the absence of a lot of the traditional sweet notes of caramel, brown sugar and vanilla. Even the chocolate is chocolate malt, so it isn’t sweet. This is very dark and earthy whiskey. If you are a cigar smoker, this is similar to drinking a whiskey that is like a good cigar with very similar characteristics. So if you were wanted to smoke a cigar somewhere that wouldn’t let you, this whiskey just might scratch the itch for you. Would also never guess it is 121 proof. Seems closer to 100. Dangerous the lack of ethanol burn.


FINAL COMMENTS – If you have read previous reviews of Chattanooga Whiskey that I’ve done you know I like their rebellious nature and the willingness to push the boundaries. This Experimental Series does just that and allows them to explore and go places you wouldn’t if you want to make any money as a distillery. What it can produce is things very different and interesting. It also allows them to learn. I have no doubt that there will be a day when all things will align with one of these experiments that they will add it to the line of 111, 91 and the Rye but until then you get to explore along with them without all the hard work.

To find out more check it out here – Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Single Barrels

You can look at all the past Sunday Evenings Reviews and I would still love to hear what your personal reviews are from each of the whiskies reviewed.

Chattanooga Whiskey 91 Review

Sunday Evening Review


The Bengals today head into the Super Bowl “ahead of schedule.” No one before the season thought they had enough on the team to even get to the playoffs. Same can be said for Chattanooga Whiskey. Next month they will celebrate their 7th year producing their own whiskey but in that short time they have shaken up the whiskey industry leaning heavily into a high malt mash bill they call Tennessee High Malt. Today I will review their 91 proof variety. Let’s see if it is ready for the big time.


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NAME – Chattanooga Whiskey 91


PROOF – 91


AGE – non-age stated but website says aged at least 2 years


COLOR – new copper penny (1.4 tawny on the Whiskey Magazine Color Chart)


NOSE – Malty pilsner beer, cream of wheat, amber honey, cherry pie, sweet oak


TASTE – Dark honey and malted grains grab you at the front. There is some sweet black tea, tobacco, leather, toast oak and decent amount of vanilla


FINISH – I would call this a short to medium to long finish. The toast oak, leather and vanilla find their way until the end but the ending comes a little quick.


REVIEW – This whiskey I think lends itself to someone that wants to get into American whiskey and is coming from being a beer drinker. The maltiness is very evident and the lower proof point makes it very approachable. There is almost no hint of ethanol anywhere. That being said if you are proof hound that requires a oily mouth feel and a finish that last a day and half, this won’t be your pour. I would high suggest grabbing their 111 and you will be much happier. Its why they make both.


FINAL COMMENTS – What I feel is so interesting about Chattanooga Whiskey is the rebellious nature that they have come at it. They have fought the government, traditional whiskey making and just about anywhere they can go against the grain. They always feel like they are just this side of bootlegging.


Some interesting facts of the whiskey, a month-by-month release of 10 single barrels, selected from the first 100 produced at the Experimental Distillery – culminating with Barrel #91, the future flagship recipe. That recipe consists of Yellow Corn, Malted Rye, Caramel Malted Barley & Honey Malted Barley (now you know where all that maltiness comes from). After aging more than 2 years in both toasted and charred barrels, Chattanooga Whiskey 91 utilizes their version of the Solera finishing process.  They bring together nearly 100 barrels into a 4000-gallon, charred, white oak Solera finishing barrel, which never goes empty.


See what I mean. They just do it different.


To find out more check it out here – Chattanooga Whiskey 91

You can look at all the past Sunday Evenings Reviews and I would still love to hear what your personal reviews are from each of the whiskies reviewed.