One Eight Distilling’s standard Untitled No. 9 Whiskey is a 6 year old wheated bourbon finished for 8 months in Calvados casks and bottled at 43%. I was never particularly interested in that release given the low proof, but this “Antoinette” single barrel immediately caught my eye when I saw it sitting on the shelf. Untitled No. 9 Whiskey “Antoinette” single barrel cranks everything up to 10, taking an 8 year old cask strength wheated bourbon and aging it for a full 20 months in Calvados casks: a huge bump in aging and finishing. I believe that 3 barrels were released for the DC market: Antoinette, Pamplemousse (picked by the distributor), and one picked by Prav. If you’re wondering, I can’t say where the wheated bourbon was sourced.
The first thing I noticed before even opening the bottle is how dark this is. 8 year old bourbon by itself is never this dark, so the Calvados finish (maybe first-fill) must have imparted a ton of color in 20 months. Even after reviewing Sagamore Spirit’s Calvados Finished Rye, I’m still not too familiar with Calvados-finished whiskeys given how rare they are, so time to go to class in this One Eight Distilling Untitled Whiskey No. 9 Antoinette single barrel bourbon review.