Bourbon fans unite! No one can argue against the popularity of Bourbon whisky these days, certainly not me. I recently wrote that I prefer Bourbon with dessert after a night of wine. I have my favorites, but love discovering new-to-me Bourbons. And here was my chance in sampling Puncher’s Chance!
Eve’s Tasting Notes
Dark caramel color, with a gamut of aromas (I sampled in a Neat tasting glass) including sweet toasted corn, caramel candy, rich molasses, roasted nuts, golden honey, vanilla bean, milk chocolate, toasted sesame seeds, charred oak, sweet pipe tobacco smoke and no nose burn whatsoever.
Going in for a taste there was a very full mouthfeel, and some burn, with many of the same remarkable notes I found on the nose with the addition of dried red berries, banana and with an unexpected strength. I added a capful of water to see what would happen and found that the aromas, thankfully, were unchanged. The taste benefitted from that small bit of water and softened some of the perceived strength, making this a perfect bourbon to serve on the rocks or a single extra-large rock.
This was a bourbon to linger over. My new What to Drink with What you Eat app (by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page) recommended pairing with chocolate brownies or cheese, which left me with a major craving!
Wolf Spirit Distillery’s newest brand, Puncher’s Chance™, is pure Kentucky Straight Bourbon inspired by two great American traditions: whiskey, and fighting for what we believe in. Famed sports and entertainment announcer Bruce Buffer, also known as the “Voice of Mixed Martial Arts,” explains: “A puncher’s chance means that anyone has the potential to succeed, whatever the odds, if he or she works for it. Being the underdog is often the greatest strength. Puncher’s Chance™ is the bourbon for everyone who believes and lives that credo.”
PUNCHER’S CHANCE ™ BOURBON, for those who believe they can win against all odds.
Where to Find it: As of Jan. 2021, sold in 19 states: AZ, CA, FL, GA, IN, KY, MA, MI, MN, MS, NE, NH, NV, OK, RI, TN, TX, WA, and WI.
Puncher’s Chance™ 90 Proof
Puncher’s Chance™ Kentucky Bourbon is a marriage of 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old Kentucky Straight bourbons. The palate leads with caramel, spicy, slightly sweet, and creamy vanilla notes. The palate shows complex oaky sweetness alongside orange, dark chocolate, leather, and baking spices. The finish is long with sweet maple and sugar notes. Puncher’s Chance™ received a 95-point review from The Tasting Panel in January 2021.
Suggested Retail Pricing: $34.99/750mL
ABV and Proof: 45% and 90
Puncher’s Chance™ Private Barrel Selections
Once in a while a special barrel, with the perfect nose, taste, mouthfeel, and complexity, will be hand selected as a standalone bourbon. Each year we find a limited amount of these unique barrels and offer them to select accounts. Every bottle is customized with the store’s name on an elegant craft label.
Suggested Retail Pricing: $59.99/750mL
ABV and Proof: 57-61% and 115-122
About Wolf Spirit Distillery:
Wolf Spirit Distillery was founded in 2017 by a 17-year veteran of Campari, Umberto Luchini, who – in his late 40s, with his own savings at stake – walked away from his CMO position, hell-bent on upending the system to follow his dream as well as his personal mission to live courageously, honestly, and with great purpose. An initial $1.5M investment converted a laundromat into the distillery, and in its first full year the distillery sold 5K 9L cases across 23 states. The Wolf Spirit portfolio currently comprises Blood x Sweat x Tears Vodka, Tom of Finland Organic Vodka, and Puncher’s Chance™ Bourbon.
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video (over 16k views), authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru and the Global Wine Awards. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits.