Veteran Bourbon Review: Blue Note Juke Joint Whiskey Straight

Blue Note Straight Bourbon


Sourced (from an undisclosed distillery in Kentucky)

Mash bill

70% Corn, 21% Rye, 9% Malted Barley


3-4 Years


93 Proof


$30 (2022)

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History – Founded in 2014 in Memphis, TN, B.R. Distilling Company, is the oldest distillery in Memphis. Being crafted in Memphis Tennessee this bourbon pays tribute to the Jazz Scene and feel of the Memphis Blues which is clear by the bottle. This is a young bourbon and also has a nationwide availability.

Value – The value of this bourbon I feel is right on par. With its young taste I think that for what the B.R. Distillery states as a minimum of 3 years it definitely tastes that way. Its value matches just right for its youth.

Appearance – Copper with a very cool neck on the bottle. The label is what really draws you in as it has a statement of Unfiltered and the music notes make you think that a good time is to be had by spending some time with this bottle.

Nose – Young, Extremely Light, Light Oak and with a hint of Leather. This bourbon is very easy to smell and brings you to a sense of “This is inviting to drink”. The smell is welcoming for everyone but is definitely not complex by any means.

Palate – Buttery Smooth, Young, Thin, Fresh Wood, Pepper and with a hint of vanilla at the very end. If you want a smooth bourbon then look no more this bourbon goes down lighter and smoother than most bourbons. I have to give it to B.R. Distillery that they have definitely found a recipe that is a mass crowd pleaser. The entire time all I can think is how smooth this bourbon is and how it tastes deeply buttery. There are multiple ways to look at this. Either you can chalk it up and say its a delightful sip or its a weak sip and why bother? My opinion it is a delightful sip and CREAMY!

Finish – Very soft but lingering for 5-10 seconds. For those that read my reviews you will gather that the finish is extremely important to me. This falls right in the middle of enjoyable but not the best. I like a long burn in which in this case You get part of the long burn but have an aftertaste that when moving your tongue around will have you wanting to come back for another sip.

Summary – This bourbon is unique in the fact that it is stylish and brings something to your collection that brings the Jazz right to your glass. Jazz music is smooth and easy going which is very much how this bourbon tastes. The Palate and Finish are in agreement with many standard bourbons but does leave you with a feeling of yearning for future sips. Not quite a mixing bourbon and just enough to say “Ok, I will keep this as a neat sipper in the future”.

“Although not complex like the Jazz Music it represents, it does give you that feeling that once you taste it that it will want you coming back for more of that smooth feeling. Big River Distilling is a brand that is worth keeping an eye on!”

– Andrew Workman

Uniqueness – 1-10 – 5

Appearance- 1-10 – 9

Nose- 1-20 – 8

Palate- 1-20 – 15

Finish- 1-20 – 13

Value- 1-20 – 15


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Reviewed By:

Andrew Workman on 9/08/2022

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