Veteran Bourbon Review: 13th Colony Southern Bourbon


Thirteenth Colony Distillery

Mash bill

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


4+ Years


95 Proof


$41 (2023)

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History – Georgia’s oldest active distillery since Prohibition opened its doors in 2009. They are known as the 13th colony distillery. Initially, a group of friends would make it for their friends and family on special occasions. Later, it evolved into what it is today. Graham Arthur is the Master Distiller for the company. This has been his passion for over 13 years and counting. He desired a different way to serve as well, and he did so by enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard. “At Thirteenth Colony we believe our customers should be treated like friends. With that in mind, we avoid the pricey celebrity endorsements, gigantic marketing budgets, and over-the-top packaging of our products that only add to the cost, not the quality.”-13th Colony

Value – I purchased this bottle for $41.49 at total wine & more in Knoxville, TN. More than a fair price I think.

Appearance – I completely love the design of this bottle. The body is about 4-5 inches in height with a medium length neck capped with a cork. I feel that the raised edge at the top is a nice touch. Umber in color, very nice appeal overall.

Nose – Low heat with cherry, citrus, caramel, and nutty oak is what I gather from the nose. This is a well-balanced aroma that meets every expectation that I have for a great nose.

Palate – Caramel, vanilla, a hint of pecan, and oak with a decent amount of spice lingering at the end of the palate into the finish. I thoroughly enjoy the flavor of this southern bourbon.

Finish – The finish would be great; however, it drops off way too quickly. I really enjoy the blend of oak, pecan, and caramel that lingers for about 5 seconds and then starts to fade.

Summary – In summary, This had the makings for an absolute beast in the bourbon market. Unfortunately, the finish I feel knocks it down from that category, Still, it’s an impressive above-average pour by all accounts. One that I will undoubtedly add to my regular list for sippin.

“As a proud veteran myself, I enjoy reviewing distilleries with military ties, such as Arthur with the Coast Guard. It’s when these distillers create quality products, like this Southern Bourbon, that I find myself grinnin’ from ear to ear after the review. It has been a wonderful review through the entire process, even with the shortcoming of the finish. This is my sole opinion; anyone else might think differently.

Eric Watkins

Uniqueness- 1-10 – 7

Appearance- 1-10 – 9

Nose- 1-20 – 14

Palate- 1-20 – 15

Finish- 1-20 – 13

Value- 1-20 – 15


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Reviewed by:

Eric Watkins on 02/16/2023

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