Region – Four different ‘Murrican locations – ABV 40%
My life, for the past 12 years, has brought me to Chicago for various and sundry reasons. Mostly, it was my previous life in the world of Industrial Storage Supplies and the sales thereof. Yessir/ma’am, sexy, sexy stuff, that; Industrial Storage Supplies. Don’t hate it until you’ve hated it. The people were great though. Nay, amazing. But… it’s Industrial Storage Supplies. Industrial. Storage. Supplies.
As of late, my reasons for visiting the Windy Apple are those more related to whisky. Be it the education and sales of Arran/Kilchoman/Tamdhu and some of my favorite independent lines and/or Whisky Jewbilee and/or Single Cask Nation. My visits to Chicago will continue on for some time and for that I am happy.
This most recent trip to Chicago (which has now been many weeks ago, damn my being too busy to write these days!) had me bumping into my friend (or should I say “mate,” but not in the “mate for life” sense of the word. My friend is an “Aussie.” But not in the shampoo sense of the word — an actual, honest to goodness man from Australia.) Jonathan Bray. Some of you may know him from his fantastic “singlemalting.com” blog.
This most recent bump into Jonathan gave us the good and cheap excuse to try our hand at blogging together. The result will be two different whiskies reviewed on two different blogs for the total of four posts (two from me, two from Jonathan).
Today’s post covers a fun collaboration between four major craft whiskey producers: FEW Spirits, Journeyman, Corsair & Mississippi Distillery. This is their “Rye” collaboration (four 30 gallon casks from each of them blended together for a 40% ABV trip into rye craftism).
The following is my take on the result (you can read Jonathan’s review of the whiskey HERE):
On the nose — Perhaps one of the more odd notes I’ve detected in a whisky: imitation watermelon bubblegum verging on jolly rancher.
Yup, you read correctly.
Breath deeply and some more chocolaty notes come to the fore. I could fool myself into thinking I smell some malted rye in here but I can not say for certain. If so, the presence is slight (which I am thankful for as it’s only adding to the nose).
Banana milk shakes and circus peanuts. Seems to be more spirit & yeast driven rather than cask driven.
In the mouth — There’s the rye spice you’d expect though it’s *immediately* offset by notes of circus peanuts and Fortune bubble gum – cheap penny candy store candies that bring me back to 1985.
Mouthfeel is lightly oiled and the heat is spot on.
Somewhat unidimensional with the candied notes but I like this dimension. It’s quite tasty and perhaps a little *too* easy.
If you’re looking for the pine/fennel/spicy/rye bread notes you’d come to expect in a rye, look elsewhere. It’s an entirely different kind of
flying rye whiskey all together.
Finish — Shortish finish, slightly drying, banana laffy taffy.
In sum — This is a great little blend of a whiskey. It’s a no brainier whiskey. I was afraid the ABV would feel al little too low but it does not. Still, I wonder, at 46% or higher…