Big Bottom Distilling Launches Barlow Trail, Port Cask Finish Whiskey

HILLSBORO, OR – (March 4, 2015) – Big Bottom Distilling is launching its newest finished product of its staple whiskey – Big Bottom Barlow Trail, Port Cask Finish – which is a continuation of the company’s practice of “finishing” its whiskey in port casks. The first of the Barlow Trail lineup was launched last fall retailing at $29.95 and Barlow Trail, Port Cask Finish will retail for $37.95.

Big Bottom’s Barlow Trail is a proprietary blend of three whiskeys with straight bourbon as its base. The blender finishes the blended whiskey in tawny port casks to give it a unique flavor profile. This whiskey offers a sweet berry and citrus nose. On the palate, it showcases a fresh, ripe berry followed by a hint of peppery spice that gives way to a smooth, rich and malty quality from the American Oak port casks.

“Our customers are big fans of our finished bourbon, so it was a natural decision to finish the blended whiskey in the port casks,” noted Ted Pappas, owner of Big Bottom Distilling. “After tasting this beautiful whiskey, I have no doubt our port finished bourbon lovers will embrace it.”


Barlow Trail, Port Cask Finish has already received a silver medal from the 2015 American Craft Spirits Association’s (ACSA) spirits competition held in Austin, Texas this past February. Big Bottom’s other cask finished whiskeys have earned industry praise with three Gold medals:

– 2013 named Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Zinfandel Cash Finish “Best Bourbon.”
– 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition honored the Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Port Cask Finish.
– 2011 MicroLiquor Awards, “Taste Category,” selected the Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Port Cask Finish.

About Big Bottom Distilling:

Big Bottom Distilling, LLC Founder and President of the Oregon Distiller’s Guild, Ted Pappas, started the company in 2010. As a 1991 graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, all of Pappas’ products are proofed at 91° as a tribute to his classmates. The company started as an independent bottler with the release of several Big Bottom Whiskey and Calhoun Bros. straight bourbon and rum products. Big Bottom products retail from $21.95 to $44.95 and are sold in Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Illinois, Georgia and South Carolina.

The company ventured into distilling in July 2014 with its 100-gallon all-copper still, which allows for production of a wider range of spirits. Big Bottom also expanded by adding 1,500 square feet of barrel storage to its production, warehouse, and tasting room space. The Big Bottom tasting room is located off NW Cornelius Pass Road on NW Nicholas Court and it is open Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, please visit or call (503) 608-7816. You can follow the company on Facebook at: and Twitter@bbdistilling.