Monk’s Road Cold Spring Distillery Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, The Monk’s Road Bourbon label is a hard one to process because of the many names on the bottle. Monk’s Road is the product line, and Fifth District Series seems to refer to a series of single barrel releases, of which this is the first. What about the two distillery names? Log Still Distillery is the name of the company, and Cold Spring Distillery is an old distillery that used to be on their land. Its name came from the temperature of the spring, which was reportedly cold enough to allow the distillery to operate year-round.
If you look on the back of the label you will see that this was bottled by Log Still Distillery, meaning only that they put the liquid into the bottle. They don’t disclose where the bourbon inside was distilled. The front of the label gives some clarity on the stats of this whiskey, with an age statement of six years and an ABV of 50%. It also includes handwritten barrel and bottle numbers.
Tasting Notes: Log Still Distillery’s Monk’s Road Cold Spring Distillery Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Vital Stats: 50% ABV, aged six years, barrel #23, $125 per bottle.
Appearance: A clear honey color with a touch of amber; thin, long legs.
Nose: A lot of grain on the nose at first, with corn and wheat. A second nosing gives me notes of ethanol and crème brûlée.
Palate: This has a creamy texture upfront that coats the mouth. I get caramel and vanilla first, like a nice custard. The flavor progresses to a hint of baking spice right before shifting to a dry, citrusy finish. Water made the creamy texture carry through longer but maintained much of the same flavor, just shifting intensity a bit. I got a bit more of a black pepper kind of spice on the finish when watered down.