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Every Oak & Eden Whiskey Reviewed [2021]

Last updated Mar 31, 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.

Oak & Eden is owned by Joe Giildenzopf, Jamie Giildenzopf, and Brad Neathery who started Texas-based Sanctified Spirits Company. Oak & Eden In-Bottle Finished Whiskey is a unique value for the adventurous whiskey drinker. Each Oak & Eden whiskey has a 5” oak spiral in each bottle.

They’ve turned traditional second barrel finishing on its head. The process goes something like this:

  • Oak & Eden sources whiskey from around the country
  • It bottles the whiskey and places its  patent-pending oak spiral in each bottle
  • You drink Oak & Eden and enjoy.

Drinking and experimenting with oak spirals won’t be for everyone, but I love this kind of experimentation. If you’ve been around here long enough, you’ve seen my Michter’s Toasted Stave Project and Belle Meade Toasted Stave & Honey Project. With that being said, Oak & Eden review will be a bit different. Here’s my plan:

  • First Review – March 15
  • Second Review – April 15 (30 Days)
  • Third Review – July 15 (90 Days)
  • Final Review – Dec 15 (6 months)

I will update each review with further development of flavor, complexity, and overall drinking experience. If you enjoyed playing with your food as a kid, Oak & Eden will be worth exploring.

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Bourbon & Spire

Oak & Eden Finished Whiskey Bourbon & Spire Review

Oak & Eden Bourbon & Spire
Bourbon & SpireDetails
In the Bottle90 Proof
ABV45%
Mashbill60% Corn, 36% Rye, 4% Malted Barley
SpireToasted Oak
SourcedPrimarily (Not Exclusively) MGP of Indiana
Age2YO
Fair Price$48.99
CompanyOak & Eden
1023 Halsell St.
Bridgeport, TX 76426
ProsFlavorful Nose
Consistent Drinking Experience
ConsLacked Depth
RatingSilver 85.6 out of 100 Points
InventoryBuy It
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Oak & Eden bourbon is aged for two years then bottled with a toasted American Oak spiral for further aging.

Nose – 86 out of 100 Points

Rich vanilla followed by sweet cinnamon and berry-made honey. Rounded out with charred oak and fresh leather. The more time spent the more I was rewarded.

Taste – 85 out of 100 Points

The palate presents with oak followed by a blooming peppery note. The mid-palate has a nice honey pop followed up with stewed berries. It’s a lightly creamy and crisp mouthfeel.

Finish – 85 out of 100 Points

The finish is medium with blooming cinnamon and oak.

Complexity – 85 out of 100 Points

It’s interesting because on the nose and palate the flavors seemed delayed. But the bourbon opened up if you gave it a chance. The finish though was upfront and in your face. The nose had the most depth and complexity. Overall a consistent drinking experience with a solid amount of depth.

Value – 87 out of 100 Points

Bourbon & Spire is $48.99. The value is going to be whiskey drinkers who want to support local distilleries and who are interested in Drink Your Own Adventure whiskey with the spires.

Verdict – Silver 85.6 out of 100 Points

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Wheat & Spire

Oak & Eden Finished Whiskey Wheat & Spire Review

Oak & Eden Wheat & Spire
Wheat & SpireDetails
In the Bottle90 Proof
ABV45%
Mashbill51% Corn, 45% Wheat, & 4% Malted Barley
SpireFired French Oak
SourcedPrimarily (Not Exclusively) MGP of Indiana
Age2YO
Fair Price$47.99
CompanyOak & Eden
1023 Halsell St.
Bridgeport, TX 76426
ProsFlavorful Nose
Consistent Drinking Experience
ConsLacked Depth
RatingSilver 86.2 out of 100 Points
InventoryBuy It
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Oak & Eden’s wheated bourbon is finished with a fired French Oak spire.

Nose – 90 out of 100 Points

The French oak stave adds a layer of prominent spice. I’m also picking up a Black Forester cake with dark, rich chocolate and subtle, stewed cherries. I’m also getting a bright citrus undertone. I am really digging the nose. Lots of interesting flavors.

Taste – 84 out of 100 Points

Peppery notes abound with cinnamon cream cheese also making an appearance to mellow the palate out. Fresh oak shows up on the back palate. I enjoyed the nose so much but the flavors didn’t translate to the palate. The aromas were balanced and complex while the palate was muted and missing the unifying flavors.

Finish – 84 out of 100 Points

The fired French oak spirals shine through on the finish with a creamy cinnamon backdrop.

Complexity – 86 out of 100 Points

I’m torn because the nose had complexity upon complexity but it just didn’t carry through the drinking experience. I wanted those chocolate, cherries, and citrus notes layered on the palate as well.

Value – 87 out of 100 Points

Wheat & Spire is $47.99. The value is going to be whiskey drinkers who want to support local distilleries and who are interested in Drink Your Own Adventure whiskey with the spires.

Verdict – Silver 86.2 out of 100 Points

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Rye & Spire

Oak & Eden Rye & Spire
Rye & SpireDetails
In the Bottle90 Proof
ABV45%
Mashbill95% Rye and 5% Malted Barley
SourcedPrimarily (Not Exclusively) MGP of Indiana
SpireCharred Oak
Age2YO
Fair Price$47.99
CompanyOak & Eden
1023 Halsell St.
Bridgeport, TX 76426
ProsComing Soon
ConsComing Soon
RatingComing Soon
InventoryBuy It
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Rye whiskey finished with a charred American Oak spire.

 

Bourbon & Brew

Oak & Eden Bourbon & Brew
Bourbon & BrewDetails
In the Bottle90 Proof
ABV45%
Mashbill60% Corn, 36% Rye, 4% Malted Barley
SpireCold Brew Coffee Oak Spiral
CoffeeWest Oak Coffee
SourcedPrimarily (Not Exclusively) MGP of Indiana
Age2YO
Fair Price$59.99
CompanyOak & Eden
1023 Halsell St.
Bridgeport, TX 76426
ProsComing Soon
ConsComing Soon
RatingComing Soon
InventoryComing Soon
Buy It OnlineCaskers

Bourbon whiskey finished with a cold brew coffee steeped French Oak spire.

 

Round Prairie Rye

Oak & Eden Round Prairie Rye: Jamestown Revival Riff
Round Prairie RyeDetails
In the Bottle115 Proof
ABV57.5%
Mashbill95% Rye and 5% Malted Barley
SourcedPrimarily (Not Exclusively) MGP of Indiana
SpireMedium Toasted French Oak
Age2YO
Fair Price$79.99
CompanyOak & Eden
1023 Halsell St.
Bridgeport, TX 76426
ProsComing Soon
ConsComing Soon
RatingComing Soon
InventoryBuy It
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Round Prairie Rye is a collaboration with Americana rock duet Jamestown Revival. Round Prairie Rye is a barrel proof blended rye finished with a medium toast French oak spire.

Bourbon & Vine

Oak & Eden Bourbon & Vine
Bourbon & VineDetails
In the Bottle90 Proof
ABV45%
Mashbill60% Corn, 36% Rye, 4% Malted Barley
SpireMarker Cellars' Cabernet Steeped French Oak
SourcedPrimarily (Not Exclusively) MGP of Indiana
Age2YO
Fair PriceComing Soon
CompanyOak & Eden
1023 Halsell St.
Bridgeport, TX 76426
ProsComing Soon
ConsComing Soon
RatingComing Soon
InventoryComing Soon
Buy It OnlineNot Available Currently

Bourbon & Vine has been a limited offering, so you’ll want to join Oak & Eden’s mailing list to be notified when it’s available again.

Rye & Rumba

Oak & Eden Rye & Rumba
Rye & RumbaDetails
In the Bottle90 Proof
ABV45%
Mashbill95% Rye and 5% Malted Barley
SourcedPrimarily (Not Exclusively) MGP of Indiana
SpireHeavily Toasted Oak Soaked in Caribbean Rum for 6 Weeks
Age2YO
Fair PriceComing Soon
CompanyOak & Eden
1023 Halsell St.
Bridgeport, TX 76426
ProsComing Soon
ConsComing Soon
RatingComing Soon
InventoryBuy It
Buy It OnlineNot Available Online

Rye & Rumba starts as Oak & Eden’s standard rye whiskey. A heavily toasted oak spiral is then soaked in a Caribbean rum for 6 weeks then moved to bottling.

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Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is a storyteller who loves bourbon. He has been drinking and studying whiskey for over 10 years. He has also been featured on sites like Bourbon Sippers, Explore Whiskey, and Inside Hook, partnered with dozens of distilleries, and reviewed hundreds of whiskeys.
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