GUEST TASTING NOTES: West Bottoms Kansas City Whiskey, 47% ABV.

west bottoms kansas city whiskey

The following notes have kindly been uploaded by Jon Papacek.


Type of whisk(e)y – Bourbon/American whiskey.

How long has the whisk[e]y bottle been open? – Under 1 month.

Introduction to the whisk[e]y (casks used, distillery, is it a special release etc) – Kansas City Whiskey is a pre-prohibition style of blended American whiskey based on the process of rectification, the blending of up to 2.5% sherry into the whiskey. Our unique Kansas City Whiskey blends 3yo Rye and rye-heavy Bourbon whiskeys with a dry Oloroso sherry from Spain. The result is a beautiful sipping whiskey with a warm spicy front and a smooth, earthy, fruity finish.

Appearance – The appearance indicated a younger whiskey, a color I would describe as a golden amber which could only be amplified if a mosquito was encased, strong oily legs as well.

Nose – Alluded toward a sweet butterscotch and sherry complimented by botanicals almost like flowers but nothing distinct stood out, albeit it took several whiffs to get beyond the upfront ethanol.

Palate – Initially I was met with a peppery spice and earthy rye, the botanicals from the nose have disappeared. The pepper is dominant here although with time it is followed by bits of vanilla and the sweet flavors of sherry.

Finish – The finish was a long medium, and the spice and sweet was replaced by a wave of woody flavor.

Overall thoughts – Overall, this whiskey is just a bit…meh. The flavors were a touch subtle for my tastes. It is certainly drinkable, but really nothing remarkable. It was neither dry nor refreshing, honestly it is just kind of there. Value is a bit hard to judge, it is a small localized business and at a price point of 35-45 USD it is understandable, but in my opinion, it is overpriced for what you are getting.


Many thanks to Jon for taking the time to upload these notes and thoughts and bottle image through our website.

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