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LUCA MARIANO SMALL BATCH RYE WHISKEY
- DISTILLER: Luca Mariano Distillery (contracted distilled at Wilderness Trail Distillery)
- MASH BILL: Not Disclosed
- AGE: 4+ years
- YEAR: 2019
- PROOF: 83 Proof (41.5% ABV)
- MSRP: $44.99
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NOSE: Cherries | Apple | Mint | Candy
TASTE: Thin | Mint | Cherries | Green Apple
FINISH: Very short with no follow through
SHARE WITH: Don’t share this one.
WORTH THE PRICE: No. This is a very boring and simple Rye. Sad knowing what the folks who make this up the road are doing with their own barrels.
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: Bust. I enjoy a well-made, younger Rye. This just doesn’t bring any of the spice I love in a great Rye.
OVERALL: Like the Bourbon, this is just not enough proof to get me excited. It’s especially disappointing knowing first-hand what the 4-5 year old Rye from Wilderness Trail (who contract distills this) can be at cask strength. At 110-115 proof (I’ve tried several batches in that range) they fight far outside of their weight class; at 83 proof this just misses everything. I feel like I can taste the water in the bottle which is a first for me. I appreciate their desire to be more moderately priced but if it sacrifices the overall experience it isn’t worth the savings.
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Growing up in Minnesota gives a person a great appreciation for anything that warms the body and soul. Whiskey and wine have been helping to warm Luke for many years. Jim Beam and coke morphed into whiskey waters and eventually Bourbon. Two buck chuck led to several trips to Napa Valley and a love for most varietals of wine. He is fortunate enough to have traveled most of the US through his career in financial services. A beautiful and understanding wife mostly tolerates his other hobbies including golf, hunting, and reading. 2 young kids keep them busy as well. Appreciation for the subtle differences that each decision a distiller makes keeps him coming back for more and has him excited for the future.
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