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Boatwright Bourbon (Port Chilkoot Distillery) Review

Last updated Jan 18, 2021

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by Matty Sims

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Disclaimer: The whiskey reviewed was furnished for free courtesy of the spirit distiller. The distillery did not pay us for this review. This review is our honest and unbiased opinion based soley on how the spirit tasted.


Boatwright
80.2 / 100 Reviewer
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Nose80
Taste81
Finish82
Complexity80
Value78

Boatwright Bourbon is made in Alaska by Port Chilkoot Distillery (founded in 2013). They take a grain to glass approach when crafting their whiskey. Like many Alaskans, they prefer to use what’s around them in a responsible and sustainable way. The team is led by co-owners Sean Copeland, who was a carpenter by trade and restored the property, and Heather Shade, a former National Park Service biologist, who brings an adventurous, science-based love to crafting their spirits. She’s also the founding president of the Distillers Guild of Alaska.

To craft, this youthful but enjoyable bourbon, they blend their own two-year-old bourbon alongside bourbon out of Kentucky. This is apropos as this craft distillery also features a “made-in-Louisville copper still” to make their own distillate. If you’re ever in southeast Alaska, I’d recommend a trip to the distillery, not only to try the whiskey but the views while drinking make it a must stop. Here’s more about the team and distillery:

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Boatwright Bourbon Review

Boatwright Bourbon

Boatwright Bourbon by Port Chilkoot Distillery
Boatwright DetailsFacts
MashbillPort Chilkoot Mashbill: 65%corn, 18% malted barley, 17% rye
Off the Still150 Proof
In the Barrel120 Proof
In the Bottle90 Proof
ABV45%
Release TypeBlend of AK and KY Bourbon
Age2 Years – For Their Distillate
MSRP$59
DistilleryPort Chilkoot Distillery
34 Blacksmith St.
Haines, AK 99827
ProsCreamy Palate & Solid Finish
ConsSome Youthful Rough Edges
RatingBronze 80.2 out of 100 Points
InventoryDrinker
AvailabilityIN AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, HI, IA, LA, MN, NV, NH, NJ, SC, WA
Buy OnlineHigh Spirits

Nose – 80 out of 100 Points

Boatwright bourbon offers a grain forward nose. It reminds me of this sweet Portuguese egg bread my pops makes as well as sourdough proofing. This is weird but there’s also fresh sawdust mixed with sugar. It’s youthful but pleasant.

Taste – 81 out of 100 Points

The palate is surprisingly creamy. It’s a bourbon you can give a good chew. The sweet egg bread, sourdough dough, and sugary wood notes are still present but there are some nice cinnamon and pepper back of the palate.

Finish – 82 out of 100 Points

The finish is medium and lingers longer than you’d think. It offers good baking spice and a bit of sweet, yeasty bread.

Complexity – 80 out of 100 Points

The flavor notes present play well together. We’ve got some sweet, savory, and umami. They just need more time to in cast iron as mom says when cooking Chile.

Value – 78 out of 100 Points

Retail is around $59. It’s a bit high for a daily drinker type of bourbon. Still worth trying out especially because of the distillery’s grain to glass approach. You can taste the love and appreciation for the craft in every sip.

Verdict – Bronze 80.2 out of 100 Points


It’s got great legs. There are some youthful grain notes as well as hints of complexity. It’s a solid drinker as a two-year-old bourbon blend, and I’m always a cheerleader of craft distilleries doing it right. Port Chilkoot is doing it right with its sustainable, grain to glass approach. Give it a try and give me your tasting notes in the comments.

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