My Review of the Old Fourth Distillery’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Smooth, with a complex palate

I went out over the weekend to buy myself a little something pretty, and as I was perusing the multitude of whiskeys and bourbons at my local package store (that’s what they’re called here in Georgia), I ran across this gem. It’s from Old Fourth Distillery, based in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood of Atlanta.

I’m glad I bought this, for a couple reasons. One, I’m always eager to support a local business. Two, this is a really nice bourbon. It’s a 4-year-old bottled-in-bond, unfiltered, limited release made from a traditional mash bill.

Old Fourth Distillery Bottle/Barrel Tag
Old Fourth Distillery Bottle Tag

I didn’t pick up the chocolate/cocoa as described on the tag, but I did get the oak and corn, with hints of fruit. What I immediately noticed, though, was that this is a smooth pour. It has a mildly sweet, spicy nose, and the initial burn that many whiskeys hit you with doesn’t kick in until after it goes down. A splash of water brings out even more complex flavors.

It seems to be available only in the southeast (mostly Georgia, unsurprisingly) at the moment, but hey, more for us. Additional information can be found on the distillery’s web site.


Bob Sawyer


Hi! I’m Bob!

If it’s got bourbon in it, I’m drinking it. And if it’s really good, I’m gonna figure out how to make it, and share it with you. Because I’m good like that.


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