|Barrell Bourbon...side pocket...|
husband, father, whisky lover, blogger, freelance whisky writer, and head of the New Jersey Whiskey Society & leading the USBG NJ efforts...currently the New Jersey Whisky Ambassador for Diageo & therefore leave the recent writing duties to guest bloggers, primarily that Bourbon loving fella named Gerard
average Joes on a whisky journey...all views are our own
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|Four Canadian Beauties|
To clarify, as a Dad I naturally get the worst vehicle in the family, and mine does not even have a radio! What I do is play WhiskyCast on my phone to maintain sanity on long drives and traffic battles. Thanks Mark!
-Nose is beautiful & rich, fruity, spicy, begging to be tasted
-Sinfully smooth, cloves and dark fruits, faint rye bread on the back end
-Drop or two of water upgrades this whisky from 'highly approachable' to 'irresistible'
-So many dark fruit notes on this palate, like eating the center of a cherry pie and neglecting the crust
|One of my Favorite Drams of 2013!|
-Nose - Fresh rye bread, pine tree, clove, and @mynameisgone is right about the play-doh
-tastes lovely, pencil shavings fade to citrus, post storm earth, rye tones, syrupy sweet finish, a winner
-evolving w/drop of water (not needed) opens up more of the forest, crushed leaves & relentless pine cones (good way)
-I originally intended to preserve a little of W2 to revisit later, but it is too damn good! Down the hatch
(Please note that I was technically not available to partake in the live Twitter Tasting for this one. These notes are from a quiet evening in my basement this past weekend.)
Quick Data: John Hall took 10 years developing this whiskey. He took some extremely narrow cuts of the 'heart' during distillation. This is his labor of love. He wanted to capture some of the floral notes that Rye can give off, so he used wine yeast. Pot distilled in small copper pot stills.
Nose: Floral, (Rose), dusty Rye, Sweet, nutty, truly evolves
Palate: Ginger, Cinnamon, gentle fruitiness, but one clear and distinct note...Butterscotch!
Finish: Trademark 40 Creek spiciness, warm & cozy.
Overall: This one evolves in the glass...it tasted different at the end than the beginning. Another fantastic example of what John Hall and his team are capable of. Truly venturing out & dabbling into some cool uncharted territory. It is funny to think that when I started this Canadian journey, I had only had Barrel Select from 40 Creek. Now, at this point, I feel like I can recognize their products in the glass. Certain distinct tones & familiarities. Similar to a band that finds it's 'sound', and you can recognize their songs by only a few notes.
Saturday, January 4, 2014
All of this while working entirely too many jobs.