GSN Review: Cathead Bourbon, Vodka & Chicory Liqueur

Cathead, Mississippi’s first legal distillery is located in the heart of downtown Jackson. Founded in 2010 by friends and blues fans Austin Evans and Richard Patrick, the distillery produces beverages with a unique local flair. Austin and Richard, along with Distiller Phillip Ladner created seven spirits including Cathead Original Vodka, Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka, Cathead Pecan Vodka, Bristow Gin, Bristow Barrel Aged Gin, Hoodoo Chicory Liquor, and, now, Old Soul Bourbon Whiskey.

From crawfish boils to live music, the Cathead Distillery has become an integral part of the Jackson community. Locals and visitors alike come to take a tour, enjoy the annual two-day music spring festival, Cathead Jam, and check out the curated retail shop onsite.

The name “Cathead,” a term first coined by Mississippi blues musicians as a nod to respected artists, pays homage to the state’s rich musical heritage; in this spirit, Cathead is actively involved in local and regional philanthropy and donates a portion of proceeds to nonprofits that contribute to Southern arts and culture.

Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka (70 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: Light floral nose overlying a vodka base.
Taste: Sweet and somewhat honey-like, with a slight floral flavor.
Finish: Short, with a lasting sweet note.
Overall: This is a very subtle vodka. Everything is slight with the exception of the sweetness.
GSN Rating: B

Cathead Pecan Vodka (70 proof)
Visual: Dark gold.
Nose: A nutty nose evocative of toasted pecan.
Taste: A dry and nut-like character balanced with a viscous sugary aspect. Like boozy pecan pie.
Finish: Long and with a slight bitter edge.
Overall: Not as sweet as a liqueur, but certainly agreeable as a dessert-like vodka. Unique and tasty.
GSN Rating: B+

Old Soul Bourbon Whiskey (90 proof)
Visual: Dark brown.
Nose: A lot of wood on the nose with a evocative nose of bright rye spice and roasted corn. Autumnal and warming.
Taste: Really nice entry with a touch of sweet corn, but it instantly shifts to a percolating rye spiciness.
Finish: Long, mellow and sweet. This memory stays with you.
Overall: Well balanced, expertly blended and aged. This is a true sipping bourbon that just begs to be married to a mint julep.
GSN Rating: A

HooDoo Chicory Liqueur (66.6 proof)
Visual: Cola syrup brown.
Nose: Cheery, nut and toasted grain nose.
Taste: Sweetened chicory beverage flavor. Reminiscent of sugared espresso. Just enough of a bitter edge and a “wake me up” flavor that could be a great shot in your coffee or served over a rock for a spirited take on cold brew.
Finish: Long and with a molasses and chicory ending.
Overall: An excellent liqueur that fits in well with the myriad coffee liqueurs that can tend to be somewhat one-dimensional and overly sugary. Worth seeking out!
GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Cathead Distillery

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