Best Buy, and Top 100 by Wine Enthusiast
94 points, great value by Ultimate Spirits Challenge
93 points, double gold by Beverage Tasting Institute
Amador County is a sleepy Northern California region best known for its production of zinfandel wines. For its first whiskey release, Amador produced their own hop-flavored whiskey in conjunction with our friends at Charbay. With this second release, Amador has looked to the east: Kentucky, where it sourced some straight bourbon and shipped it back to California. After maturing in new oak, the whiskey is finished in used Napa (not Amador) wine barrels, though the type of wine that was in those barrels is not disclosed.
The release is technically a No Age Statement bottling, but the company says the 280 barrels it sourced from Kentucky were variously between three and ten years old and the finishing regimen adds another six months to that.
91 Points Wine Enthusiast - This whiskey is made from a blend of Kentucky Bourbons aged from three to ten years old and finished in former Napa Valley wine barrels. Caramel sweetness intertwines with oak, vanilla and coconut, while a meandering, slightly earthy finish suggests mellow cocoa and a puff of campfire smoke. Dilution coaxes out a marshmallow-y sweetness. Overall, the experience is reminiscent of s'mores, with that cocoa-smoke finish. Sip or mix.