Sampling expressions from a reverse Oregon Trail Whiskey Tour is fun, but I’m focused on being the proud mama of a Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) graduate.

Wagon Train in Reverse

I did not come up with the tasting lineup order from Gordon’s DTX’s Whisky Wednesday, butI really appreciated its symbolism. The brands we sampled consisted of American whisky from west to east, with a hook north into Canada before plunging south into Kentucky, a sort of reverse Oregon Trail Whiskey Tour. Cleverly arranged, to be sure.

Proud Mama time

I plunged south myself this week as my younger daughter graduated with her Master’s of Fine Arts (MFA) in Themed Entertainment Design from the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD). For her thesis, she created Mythica, a theme park that honors the myths and legends from cultures all over the world. At the heart of the park guests enter a Victorian-themed real world area that features global villages, then separates into islands and enter the land of myths from a different region…each land has attractions, rides, restaurants, and shops dedicated to the mythical world in which it’s set. The Mythica concept is big, bold, and devoted to peaceful cooperation between cultures. I am so proud of her achievement, I can’t help but tell you all about it (even if it doesn’t relate to my Oregon Trail Whiskey Tour).


Oregon Trail Whiskey Tour, Mythica logo


Oregon Trail Whiskey Tour, Mythica park map
Mythica park map…a lot of work went into this concept!


Oregon Trail Whiskey Tour, Mythica concept art
At the graduate showcase, a display of concept art and detail images


Three cheers for the graduate…Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah! [Cue the sparklers and confetti cannon!]


Oregon Trail Whiskey Tour, SCAD graduate
Our lovely and talented SCAD graduate

Ok, let’s get back to our regularly scheduled whiskey tasting…

Of the whiskey expressions below, I’ve reviewed the Westland American Oak and the Pinhook Straight Rye (although not their Straight Bourbon Whiskey). The rest were new to me which made for a nice discovery of whiskey. On to it, then!


Oregon Trail Whiskey Tour, North American Whiskey, Bainbridge, Breckinridge, Stranahan’s, Westland, Gooderham & Wort, Pinhook


On the Oregon Trail Whiskey Tour…North American Whiskey & Bourbon

Hosted by Gordon’s DTX, May 22, 2019

Breckinridge Straight Bourbon

43%ABV, Colorado
Keyword: American Whiskey, Bourbon, Whiskey

Tasting Notes

  • Nose: caramel corn, light baking spices, very light citrus
  • Taste: soft entry, light body, sweet caramel corn, then baking spices slowly rise a dryness
  • Finish: long finish of cinnamon sugar, some astringent dryness
  • Comments: very approachable

Bainbridge Battle Point Organic Whiskey

43%ABV, Washington
Keyword: American Whiskey, Whiskey

Tasting Notes

  • Nose: butter toffee, brown sugar
  • Taste: starts sweet, but leather enters, toasted grains and herbs
  • Finish: doesn’t linger, brown sugar coats the tongue
  • Comments: nose different from taste, interesting flavor that veers away from what I expected from the nose

Stranahan’s Single Malt Whiskey

47%ABV, Colorado
Keyword: American Whiskey, Single Malt, Whiskey

Tasting Notes

  • Nose: ferns, lime, forest after a rain, barbecue sauce
  • Taste: barbecue sauce, brown sugar candy, black pepper
  • Finish: long finish with black pepper, brown sugar cinnamon
  • Comments: great nose, great flavor; really caught me off guard, unique

Oregon Trail Whiskey Tour, North American Whiskey, Bainbridge, Breckinridge, Stranahan’s,


Westland American Oak

46%ABV, Washington
Keyword: American Whiskey, Whiskey

Tasting Notes

  • Nose: evergreens, brown sugar, cedar shavings
  • Taste: cedar, cinnamon, pine
  • Finish: lingers on pine and caramel
  • Comments: consistent quality for me, tastes like it’s from Seattle (evergreen)

Gooderham & Wort Four Grain

44.4%ABV, Toronto, consisting of rye, corn, wheat, barley; distilled separately, aged separately, then blended; how almost all Canadian whiskey was made
Keyword: Canadian Whiskey, Rye Whiskey, Whiskey

Tasting Notes

  • Nose: light nose, rye dominant, caraway
  • Taste: rye, brown sugar, cinnamon red hots
  • Finish: doesn’t linger, spice donates, sweetness fills in
  • Comments: spicy and sweet, nicely balanced

Pinhook Straight Bourbon Whiskey

57.65%ABV, Kentucky
Keyword: American Whiskey, Bourbon, Whiskey

Tasting Notes

  • Nose: corn sugar all the way
  • Taste: starts soft then rises quickly into cinnamon spice and white pepper
  • Finish: lemon peel peeks out at the end
  • Comments: alcohol really takes over; with water, lemon, cloves, ends with menthol..much better

Oregon Trail Whiskey Tour, North American Whiskey, Westland, Gooderham & Wort, Pinhook


I know this is a whiskey blog, and my Oregon Trail Whiskey Tour was fun to sample, but to tell the truth it’s my family that’s on my mind. I don’t get to see my younger daughter very much as she lives is Georgia, and I savor the limited time I get with her. Next week I’ll pull my attention back to baking and tasting reviews, so I appreciate your indulging me this time. And if you’re celebrating a graduate in your family, please let me know about it in the comments below…I’ll send three cheers to your family as well!

Slainté! L’chaim! Cheers!


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  1. Jonathan June 7, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Congrats. Mythica sounds like a cool idea.


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