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Sunshine Reserve American Whiskey
- DISTILLER: Manhattan Moonshine Company
- MASH BILL: 4 grain mash bill built around oats, the remaining 3 grains are rye, spelt, and malted barley
- AGE: At least 1 day – per the whiskey’s label (distiller put the legally required minimum age statement as the whiskey less than 4 years old and they don’t believe the age statement is meaningful)
- YEAR: 2017
- PROOF: 85 (42.5% ABV)
- MSRP: $50.00
- BUY ONLINE: Wine-Searcher.com
TASTE: Green Apple | Malted Barley | Cinnamon | Oatmeal
FINISH: Short without much depth.
SHARE WITH: Cocktail fans and folks that want to support craft distilling. I wouldn’t share with hardcore bourbon fans.
WORTH THE PRICE: I wouldn’t call this a bad whiskey, but $50 is certainly a stretch. It makes a good Manhattan but is too underproof and thin for a standalone pour. There are plenty of brands including craft distillers making young whiskey for a lot less money. The bottle is designed as a decanter and will work well for that.
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: I won’t be reaching for this again for a pour of neat whiskey, but I will gladly mix in a cocktail. Can’t call that a bust since I can see this being a nice addition for well-crafted cocktail enthusiast’s, but I would recommend trying at a bar first.
OVERALL: The notes from the distiller tell us that they bake the barrel staves instead of charring. That explains the Malty flavor and nose. The 4 Grain Mash bill primarily made of Oats also adds a fair amount of sweetness. It was a little too sweet for my taste and underproof. It benefitted from air time in the glass (20-30 minutes) but not enough to cover the Green Apple taste I always get with young whiskey.
I appreciate the variety of flavors and styles being created in the craft distillery explosion. Sunshine Reserve is well made so I would be curious to try it with some additional aging time. It lacked the depth I prefer, and I think that comes with patience in the barrel.
Disclaimer: Manhattan Moonshine Company provided Bourbon & Banter with a sample of their product for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow us to review their products with no strings attached. Thank you.