Building off the theme of some of our previous reviews and articles, we want to keep the Craft Distillery train fuckin pumping. So when we came across a nicely-designed bottle of liquor that promises to put some hair on the sides of your goddamn face, how could we say no? Seriously that’s one of the first thing’s you’ll notice about this whiskey (if you’re buying it at the store obviously): the bottle is awesome. I personally get tingly downstairs whenever someone badass is on my whiskey label (see Old Overholt), so this dude on the label simply does it for me:
(unrelated note: I always find it hilarious when bald dudes have ridiculous facial hair)
Nevertheless, this drunken review is about the booze and not about facial hair. Although the two go hand in hand.
How to Drink it
This shit begs to be in your cocktail. Ok that was a little bit aggressive sounding. But it’s true. It mixes absolutely perfectly. That ideal balance of letting the flavors in the cocktail shine, as well as letting you know that you’re still drinking whiskey. It comes in at 96 proof, so the liquor definitely will not get lost in the ‘tail. We tried an Old Fashioned (or six) and a Manhattan, and it might be my favorite whiskey to mix with. That being said, drinking it full strempf is also quite the experience, and lets you really enjoy the mix of flavors that they got going on in this whiskey. I can’t say I endorse taking shots of this stuff, really just because it’s too good. You wouldn’t take a nice classy lady out on a date to Taco Bell for the same reason you shouldn’t be shooting Burnside: it just won’t get you anywhere. Final verdict here is this stuff will officially become your go-to cocktail whiskey, and will serve you well drinking straight.
After making sure that I wasn’t accidentally drinking whiskey in a coal mine again, we concluded that you definitely get an aroma of charcoal when bringing the glass up to your nose. Which is only the most badass thing ever. Talk about putting your money where your mouth is, these guys are really trying to get us all to have Austin Powers-like chest hair. When it hits your tongue, you get a powerful corn taste followed up by a nice warm finish that really lets you know that it’s 96 proof. Pretty much everything you want in a whiskey. There’s also a nice “booze burn” in the aftertaste, and I emphasize nice. This burn leaves behind every awesome flavor that you felt while drinking it, and actually leaves a great taste in your mouth.
When mixing with this stuff, that burn as well as the charcoal smell really shine through in any cocktail. It lets you work with it, too: you can begin to design other cocktails around these intense flavors, and will basically turn you into the biggest badass this side of the Mississippi behind the bar. Really, just make one drink with this shit, then take a peek down at your carpet-like chest hair, and tell me I’m wrong. Sorry ladies.
Basically I learned two things when drinking Eastside Distilling Burnside Bourbon: I used to be a lot less hairy, and that I love this whiskey. It’s truly a great whiskey for making cocktails, and has enough to stand on when drinking it neat/full strempf. Eastside Distilling definitely seems to be the real deal when it comes to craft distilling, and you can tell they put their heart, soul, and sideburns into this one.