The Blaum Brothers message of quality and authenticity comes through on this product. The smoked malt adds to the complexity and a full four years in the barrel, not overly common in ryes is evident in the taste. Having tasted this during bourbon heritage month, I feel like I am cheating, but I will try it in a Manhattan as soon as we get to October.
And Just Like That…Bourbon Heritage Month 2019 Is OverView Post
In the press release they say their goal was to produce a “legit and bonafide bourbon whiskey”, which may sound like a modest goal. Having tasted my share of craft bourbons, I will say it is no easy thing. I believe they accomplished their goal. In addition, I really respect what these guys are doing in their quest for authenticity. Craft distilling without a fake background story and mystery mash bill or blend. This is one of their first non-sourced, aged whiskies and it is a credible offering. They waited a full four years to offer a straight bourbon and I think it was worth it. I also, appreciate the discipline of offering at a reachable price point, not an easy thing for a new distiller.
From the initial pop of the ‘cork’, an enticing spicy sweetness rushed from the bottle like a newly awoken genie. I have the word cork in quotes because it’s not an actual cork… between breakage, crumbling or other quality control issues, many distilleries are beginning to move away from natural cork and toward synthetic options. Fortunately, whatever its made of still gives the highly anticipated “POP” sound I so look forward to when opening a new bottle.
I look forward to this release each year, and each year it gets better and better. This year’s release totally caught me off guard with its heavy candied orange aroma and flavor. So much so that if someone had given this to me blind, I would have sworn it was a bourbon finished in an orange Curaçao barrel.
Introducing Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing Series 2019 Limited Release: Stave Profile RC6View Post
Over the past few years, I’ve learned that I really enjoy whiskeys that explore using different malted grains. So when I first heard about Chattanooga Whiskey’s Tennessee High Malt Whiskey coming to market, I’ll admit I was pretty excited. Now having tried it, I can confirm that this new release from Chattanooga Whiskey only reinforces my fondness for whiskeys using a variety of malted grains.