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Dry Fly – Bourbon 101


Dry Fly - Bourbon 101 Taste ProfileStats – 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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Dry Fly – Washington Wheat Whiskey


Dry Fly Washington Wheat Whiskey Taste Profile

Stats – 40% alcohol, Spokane, WA
Price – $40
Color – The bottle says it all:  “As bright as a polished penny”
Nose – Oats, pear, lemon, and ginger
Palate – Made from nothing but wheat grown in Washington state, this whiskey shows off how complex a whiskey can be despite forgoing the usual corn and barley heavy mash-bills of a bourbon. Smooth and pleasant with a rich unctuous quality with a oatmeal and maple syrup sweetness. Closer to the finish, a rye spice with a hint of cloves and a light citrus zest. This is a perfect wheat whiskey for rye drinkers who like its spicy character, but also want just a pinch of bourbon sweetness. Great stuff here.
Alternatives:

  1. Stronachie 12 Year (90%)
  2. Bowman Brothers – Small Batch (88%)
  3. Templeton Rye (86%)

 


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Dry Fly – Port Finish Wheat Whiskey


Dry Fly - Port Finish Wheat Whiskey Taste Profile

Stats – 43% alcohol, finished in port barrels from Townshend Cellars‘ Huckleberry Port, Spokane, WA
Price – $30 for 375mL
Color – Deep plum
Nose – Very fruity, blueberries and sweet wine
Palate – Wow!  Rich, fruity, and complex.  The port wine character just pours out of this whiskey.  It makes you wonder if they forgot to empty the previous contents of the port barrels.  Wild blueberries and huckleberry pop out and are met with the warmth and sweetness of Dry Fly’s Washington Wheat Whiskey.  It’s almost like blueberry cobbler with just a little hit of rye spice.  There isn’t any of the sulfur “off-taste” you come to expect from a port finished whiskey.  This one is definitely for those that want it sweet, but it still has the the quality and complexity to stand up from the one-dimensional and cloying “dessert” sippers.  Dry Fly is rapidly becoming one of my favorite distilleries, and I highly recommend their Port Finish Wheat Whiskey.

Alternatives:

  1. Four Roses – Single Barrel (87%)
  2. Sullivans Cove – Double Cask (86%)
  3. Aberlour a’Bunadh (85%)


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Dry Fly – Triticale Whiskey


Dry Fly - Triticale Whiskey Taste Profile

Stats – 44% alcohol, made using Triticale which is a hybrid grain of wheat and rye
Price – $30 for 375mL
Color – Bright golden amber
Nose – Fresh cut pine, shredded wheat, and a hint of lime
Palate – Cook a man a fish and you’ve fed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you’ve gotten rid of him for a whole weekend.  This one is part of the Creel Collection from the fishing obsessed Dry Fly distillery made using Triticale which is a cross between rye and wheat. (This is  a man made amphiploid that takes advantage of the disease resistance and productivity of wheat and the cold resistance and hardiness of rye. More here and here). The whiskey is bright and sweet with lots of wholesome cereal grains and ripe green apples.  A familiar cardamon rye spice heats up just before the finish.  Warm biscuits and a dry oak and a hint of char or toasting from the barrel.  An interesting candied lime peel flavor brings out a sweet yet tart astringency.  This one is immensely drinkable, and it goes down quickly!

Alternatives:

  1. McKenzie Bourbon (90%)
  2. Dry Fly – Washington Wheat Whiskey (89%)
  3. Knob Creek 9 Year (80%)

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