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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mosswood Threesome


This past June my wife, myself and our friend Mark took a trip to visit the beautiful city of San Francisco.  
 

My wife had 3 to-do lists, things to see, things to eat and things to drink.  We did some awesome stuff, we went to AT&T park and saw the Mets, who blew the game in typical Mets fashion. We did Muir woods, Haight & Ashbury, Alcatraz and actually everything on my wife's comprehensive to do list other than ride a cable car.  


As a typical male, I had only a few things on my to do list, see a Giants game, see an A's game, do what ever my wife had on her to do and find some whisky that is not available back east.  

Which lead us to the great San Fran Whiskey store search, one Google search and one recommendation later I located a store called Cask located on Market St.  
 
I asked very nicely if it would be ok if we stopped by quickly prior to us embarking on our day, and damn am I glad I did.  

Cask specializes in Whisky, the staff is fantastic, friendly and knowledgeable and as soon as I asked what is something that I can't get back east they brought me to Mosswood.  

So what is Mosswood?  

Mosswood is a "distillery" located on Treasure Island (which is in between San Fran and Oakland, and has nothing to do with this.

Mosswood sources whisky and then ages it in a process they call ACE'd (additional cask enhanced)

This is how they describe it on their page:
 
"Our whiskeys are sourced from other distilleries, brought back to our facility to be aged and blended in order to create new and unique flavor profiles. The first releases offer a six year-old Bourbon from Tennessee--though not charcoal mellowed--with a higher rye content than your typical bourbon mashbill, adding a subtle spice to the spirit. Our current releases offer a seven year-old Light Whiskey, with a mashbill high in corn, distilled at a higher proof. We are excited for the roundness in flavor the Light Whiskey lends to our barrel finishes. The Additional Cask Enhanced (ACE'd) spirits implore subtle nuances with every sip."
 
But, I really like the way Sku sums them up too:

"This company is planning to release MosswoodWhiskey, a whiskey distilled in Tennessee and finished in a variety of barrels, Mosswood Light Whiskey, distilled at MGP and Mosswood Irish American Whiskey, a blend of Irish Whiskey from Cooley and light whiskey from MGP. "

 
So what did I pick up?
 
 

Purchase #1 was the Tennessee Bourbon Apple Brandy ACE'd

Purchase #2 was the Indiana Light Whiskey Apple Brandy ACE'd

Purchase #3 was the Indian Light Whiskey Espresso ACE'd (done via the phone, great staff, great coordination, great group of guys) 

On to the review:
 
 
 
 
 

Tennessee Bourbon, Apple Brandy ACE'd:
 
(I heard from Cask this is likely George Dickel juice)
 
 
Appearance:  Light amber,  -2 lighter than your normal iced tea.  Light sediment floating

Nose:  Warmed apple pie ala mode with a nice scoop of vanilla bean ice cream

Taste: Exactly how I hoped after I smelled, Warmed apple pie ala mode with a big ol scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Hints of caramel and brown sugar flow as well.

This is honestly a treat, it's such wonderful pairing of the beautiful Dickel Bourbon and a apple brandy cask.  The apples accentuate and mingle so well with the vanillas and sugars of the bourbon.
 
Bravo Mosswood, this is a A-.



Indiana Light Whisky, Espresso Barrel ACE'd

Appearance:  Very light amber, very watery, a little bit darker than a miller light.

Nose:  Lots of Alcohol Vapors, hints of leather and sweet corn, but overwhelming smell of old coffee, like the old paper filter that's been in the maker for a day.

Taste:  Iced coffee from the bottle or can, not fresh, corn sweetness, but the coffee over powers and doesn't enhance the whiskey the way the apple brandy did.  There's a very hot finish even a burn at the back too...

With water:

Here's the disappointment, nothing changes.  Still a muddled flavor,  with a not so pleasant coffee overtone

Overall:  C-, I honestly don't know what to do with this bottle.  I may have to gift it away...look out!

 
 
Indiana Light Whisky, Apple Brandy ACE'd

Appearance:  Very similar to the Espresso Mosswood, very light tan, no reddish hue that the Tennessee bourbon had.  Extremely watery on the pour as well..

Nose:  Alcohol vapors...no distinguishable notes of apple or whisky...mild woodiness 

Taste:  What did these guys do????  The switch to light whisky has completely changed this once delicious dram!  Apple...gone, vanilla...gone, caramel...gone.  This is a bland tan liquid that has mild sweetness.  

Honestly I'm not adding water, it won't help.

Overall:  D... I'm speechless...Mosswood, please go back to the bourbon!!! 

OVERALL:
 
Mosswood may wind up being like the old Washington Redskins running back Timmy Smith, in one game you can put up 204 yards, but it may be the only meaningful thing you do in your career...but I can hope they get back to their early glory as they certainly did not 'ACE' this test.
 
-G

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