David James Spirits, out of Kentucky, is seemingly in that awkward adolescent phase that a lot of craft distillers must go through. Their website touts a “Purity focused” product that is in the works and that they are excited to put out in roughly three years. During this waiting time, distillers must make a choice: do they bottle some of their own juice while it’s young and maybe not up to their own standards, or do they outsource the aging to other distillers and bottle the work of someone else?
I had the opportunity in February to meet up with the folks at Rush Creek Distilling at Distill America in Madison. I was intrigued by what they had to offer and was interested in learning more. We talked and they were kind enough to provide me with a sample of their Trophy Whiskey for an unbiased, no-strings-attached review.
This whiskey contains considerably more peat and iodine taste than I would expect from an American Whiskey or any whiskey that brands itself as being in the “Highland Style.” Had it been marketed as in the Islay tradition I may not have had the expectations disconnect that I experienced the first few times I tasted this.
This bottle was a present to me from my cousin, for a favor I did for him in college, over 46 years ago. I truly did not remember it (even when he told me) but I was glad to receive the bottle. I’m have not been a big Woodford Bourbon fan in the past but find myself enjoying it more recently. When I saw this was a malt whiskey I felt a pang of disappointment because I am not a big fan of American Malt Whiskey. From the first sip of this Woodford Reserve Malt Whiskey however, I was and continue to be pleasantly surprised.
This review of StiLl 630’s X-12 marks the completion of the first 12-months of their Experimental Collection release series. What a year it’s been. Only fitting that we mark this occasion with a review of a whiskey style that is making its debut at StiLl 630 – a wheat whiskey. 100% malted red winter wheat aged in a 15-gallon barrel for 14.5 months and bottled at 100 proof. Watch the video and learn more about this month’s special release.
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Following quickly on the heels of our review of StilL 630’s X-9, we’re bringing you a review of their Experimental Collection Release X-9. The X-9 is a 16.25 month old cherrywood smoked single malt bottled at 100 proof. This release joins previous mesquite and applewood smoked single malts providing the consumer with a unique opportunity to explore the effects that different wood smoke has on a whiskey.
StilL 630’s Experimental Collection Release #8 gets the video review treatment today. The X-8 is a twist on StilL 630’s flagship RallyPoint rye whiskey where the normal 10% malt barley is replaced with chocolate roasted malted barley. A perfect experiment released just in time for Valentine’s Day in February.