O.H. Ingram River Aged Bourbon 105 Proof Review

Like the Ingram rye I reviewed not too long ago, the O.H. Ingram River Aged Bourbon 105 Proof spends time maturing in Ingram’s floating rickhouse. A lot of attention goes into the motion of the barrels and there is a lot of debate as to what it does or doesn’t contribute. Me, I think it’s minor. The real star of maturation is humidity and temperature.

Being on the river they get wide swings of temperature, but they also get a lot of that all-important humidity. I’ve had the theory for years that one of the key factors to well matured, non-woody, whiskey is humidity and that’s something Frey Bourbon proved beyond a shadow of a doubt. Of all the factors of the whole river setup, I think that’s the one most at play here.

Let’s get to drinkin’!

O.H. Ingram River Aged Bourbon 105 Proof – Details and Tasting Notes


Whiskey Details

Cask Strength | Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color

Style: Bourbon (Straight)
Region: Indiana, USA
Distiller: MGP

Mash Bill: At least 51% Corn + Rye + Malted Barley
Cask: New Charred Oak
Age: 4+ Years
ABV: 52.5%

O.H. Ingram River Aged Bourbon 105 Proof Price: $70*

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“At 105 proof, our wheated mashbill truly shines in this bourbon. The result is a sweet, bold profile with a lingering yet smooth finish.” – Ingram Whiskey

O.H. Ingram River Aged Bourbon 105 Proof Tasting Notes

Dark amber

Oak, dried fruit, baking spice, birthday cake and candle wax, nuts and a slight candy sweetness.

A nice warm, inviting aroma with a surprising, but not detracting, amount of sweetness.

Oak, caramel, dried dark fruit, leather, graham, baking spice and a touch of menthol.

Darker, deeper, more rustic palate that brings a nice warmth.

Med-long -> Caramel, oak and spice fade to cocoa and spice.

Well-balanced, full body and a warm heavy feel.

O.H. Ingram River Aged Bourbon 105 Proof- Overall Thoughts and Score

This blew past my expectations, which were pretty low, and I ended up enjoying this sample quite a bit. It’s not every day you get a good smelling, good tasting whiskey combined with an informative and transparent label.  It’s a combo I  can’t help but feel good about while sipping it… or mixing it. It makes an excellent Old Fashioned.

I like what they’re doing, I like that they’re open about sourcing from MGP but then take the aging into their own hands to make something a bit different in the market. There’s no marketing BS here, just an interesting experiment in environmental factors and whiskey maturation. An experiment you can drink.

SCORE: 4/5 (good, definitely recommend ~ B+ | 87-89)

*Disclosure: The sample for this Bourbon review was graciously sent to me by the company without obligation. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.

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