Stats – 50.5% alcohol, Spokane, WA
Price – $35 for 375mL
Color – Copper and maple
Nose – Chocolate, cherries, sweet corn, and oak
Palate – Weighing in at a sturdy 50.5% alcohol content, which brings it to its namesake 101 proof, this small release from the creative minds over at Dry Fly as part of their “Creel Collection” (which also includes the Port Finished Wheat Whiskey, and the Triticale Whiskey). This one is very dry with lots of oak tannins which are imparted from the wood during aging. This may have spent a bit more time in a barrel than necessary though. It almost comes across as dusty, with the bitterness it’s like the bourbon cousin to Italian aperitifs like Campari. Caramel and bitter dark chocolate keep it sweet. There’s also a citrus rind astringency at play to help cut the dryness, and also a good buttery richness. There is plenty of bourbon qualities to like from these talented distillers from Washington state. Pick some up online at Binny’s.
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