Whiskey of the Year
Wyoming Whiskey – Double Cask Bourbon – One Per Customer, $49.99
Whiskey of the Year! A five-year-old Bourbon that has been finished in Pedro Ximénez Sherry casks. The Bourbon is made from a mashbill of 68% corn, 20% wheat, and 12% malted barley, and it was bottled at 50% ABV. There was a total of 110 cases released. 10 cases made it to our store, but there's not a lot left!
The nose is prominently Sherry. Dried and candied fruit like figs and dates, honey, chocolate, and spice integrate wonderfully with the classic bourbon notes of caramel, sweet corn, toasty oak, and subtle vanilla. A touch of butterscotch appears as it opens in your glass. Just the tiniest bit of nose hair curling heat on longer, deeper nosings - in a very good way. The palate continues the sultry Bolero being performed by the bourbon and Sherry. A sweet entry of rich candied fruits and Heather honey give way to a spicy and confectionery mid palate. The spice aspect feels somewhere between what you would find in a pie or mulling spices. A little butterscotch, a splash of vanilla, and creamy milk chocolate lead into a well-tempered grilled yellow corn on the cob and toasty oak classic bourbon. The heat from the nose does not follow into the palate. The operative word here is smooth. The finish is long, lingering, and nutty. Walnut oil, dried red fruit, and oak.
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Compassbox – Hedonism – $106.99
John Glaser over at Compass Box Whisky has done it again! A blend of three grain whiskies from two distilleries. Cameron Bridge aged in First Fill Bourbon Barrels, Port Dundas aged in First Fill Bourbon Barrels, and Port Dundas aged in a Rejuvenated Hogsheads. Averages about 25 years old. Natural color and non-chill filtered, a whiskey geek’s dream!
This whisky is so incredibly creamy and rich it’s astounding. The nose is beautiful. Vanilla, caramel, delicate fruit, and a hint of coconut. The palate continues to inspire absolute awe with vanilla, crème brûlée, toffee, coconut, and a touch of fruit.
Nikka – Coffey Malt – One Per Customer, $65.99
Japanese Whisky continues to dominate as some of the most well-made whisky in the world. This expression of Nikka is no exception! 100% malted barley distilled using a Coffey still, that is generally used for grain whiskies as opposed to single malts. Aged in ex-Bourbon casks. This whiskey is made at the Miyagikyo Distillery in Sendai, Japan.
Soft and velvety on the palate with notes of Werther's Original candies, beer malts, and a soft earthiness to balance things out. The whisky itself is somehow both rich and light at the same time – the mouthfeel is incredible.
Suntory – Hakushu 12 Year – One Per Customer, $83.99
While this whisky is a single malt it is made up of a few different component whiskies from the Hakushu Distillery; a non-peated whisky aged in Bourbon casks, a non-peated whisky aged in ex-Sherry casks, and a peated whisky aged in Bourbon casks. The peat is a mere 7-9 ppm.
All sort of fruit can be found in this one! From orchard fruits like apples and oranges to red and dark fruits like cherry and raisins. Caramel and toffee peek through the salt and smoke to round everything out a bit. There are some distinct but subtle Sherry notes here as well.
Long Island Spirits – Rough Rider Happy Warrior – $58.99
Why yes, New York does have kick-ass Bourbon! 60% corn, 35% rye, 5% malted barley aged for 4 years and then aged an additional 3-6 months in ex-merlot and chardonnay French oak casks that have been rinsed with high proof brandy. Bottled at cask strength, which for this batch (Batch 1), is 114 proof. And yes, Rough Rider is a reference to Long Island native Teddy Roosevelt’s Cavalry.
Rich and intense, but not overbearing. Caramel, toffee, butterscotch and a hint of vanilla give way to some spice and distinct wine-like acidity. A touch of orchard fruit from the Chardonnay casks.
Wyoming Whiskey – Outryder – $50.99
Wyoming is no one trick pony! They are more than just Bourbon. Outryder is a Straight American whiskey made from two mash bills; a Bourbon made from 68% Corn, 20% Winter Rye, and 12% Malted Barley and an American Whiskey made from 48% Winter Rye, 40% Corn, and 12% Barley. This Bottled in Bond Whiskey is aged for 5 years and bottled at 100 proof, both whiskeys were distilled in November 2011, made from all Wyoming grains. It is in full compliance of the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897.
Rich and creamy with rye spice, dried fruit, barrel char, toasty oak, caramel, vanilla, and a touch of rich corn. Makes one of the best damn Manhattans you’ll ever have, use Carpano Antica Vermouth and some Aromatic Bitters.
Santa Fe Spirits – Colkegan – $45.99
There is nothing more American than taking something great from abroad and putting our own twist on it and making it our own. Santa Fe Spirits has done just that with this Colkegan Single Malt Whiskey. Made much in the style of a Single Malt Scotch, however; they used Mesquite wood instead of Peat for smoking the barley.
Lays Mesquite BBQ chips, baked apple, wood smoke, cereal grain. Very soft and creamy in the medium weight mouthfeel.
Glendalough – Double Barrel Irish Whiskey – $33.99
This is a Craft Irish Whiskey made from a mashbill of malted barley and corn distilled in Coffey stills. It has been aged 3.5 years in Bourbon barrels and has been finished 6 months in Oloroso Sherry casks. Named for the extra barreling, not after a firearm – though it will still blow you away.
Dried figs, dates, apricot, rich cashew and almond. Some vanilla, caramel, toffee, and hints of cereal grains come through as well. Delicate and very easy to drink.
Glendronach – 12 Year – $64.99
A true representation of Highland Single Malt Scotch! Unpeated and aged solely in Sherry casks. Some casks held Olorosso while others held Pedro Ximénez. Like all great whiskey this one was bottled with its natural color and non-chill filtered.
Rich dark fruit, dried fruit, honey, and nut oil comprise much of the nose and palate. The mouthfeel of this whiskey is absolutely sublime. Very rich and full bodied.
Journeyman Distillery – Three Oaks Single Malt – One Per Customer, $51.99
This Three Oaks Single Malt is sincerely one of the best single malt whiskies distilled in America right now. Such an amazing richness and depth of character. 100% two-row barley aged in Bourbon barrels for 12 months, then Rum casks for 18 months, and finally some extra time spent in Port casks. This dynamite whiskey is unpeated.
The time in the Bourbon cask brings in a great amount of caramel, vanilla, and toasty oak. The rum cask brings its influence with some molasses cookies and brownies sugar. And finally, the port cask imparts some rich dark sweet red fruit and a hint of toffee. All the character from the three casks plays so nicely with the natural orchard fruitiness and earthiness of the malted barley.
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