Noble Oak Sour

by James Stevenson

I love a company that gives back, and when I found out that Noble Oak plants a tree for every bottle they sell, in partnership with One Tree Planted, replanting trees in deforested areas. This doesn’t change the quality of the product, but it does give you a little insight into the type of people you are supporting each time you decide to purchase their bourbon. Once you’ve got a bottle, and a tree is on its way to be planted you should, of course, sip it neat at first, to get an understanding of the wonderful flavor of Noble Oak Bourbon. Of course, Noble Oak comes with your usual vanilla notes with a slight caramel tone, but what makes them extra delicious is the addition of sherry oak staves that offer additional complexity to the liquid gold. I love the aroma of this bourbon actually, which reminds me a little of Rainier cherries and honey, but on the palate, that cherry note lingers deliciously at the finish. Now that you’ve tasted the product unadulterated, you may want to mix something up with it. I mixed this Noble Oak Sour because I love the way that the lemon juice and aromatic bitters really lift the bourbon, and a touch of honey mellows it all out and works as the glue to bring it together. I also added some sherry; because… sherry.

, Noble Oak Sour


  • 1.5 ounces of Noble Oak Bourbon
  • ½ ounce sherry
  • ¾ ounce lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce honey syrup
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters


  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Shake to chill and combine ingredients
  3. Double strain into a cocktail glass
  4. Garnish & Enjoy!

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