Whiskey sample number nine. Another American whiskey sample from Rick.
As I mentioned in the 3rd post for this “Rick’s Mystery Dram” Series, I’ve decided to make this a wee bit more interesting by sending out a mystery dram to the correct guesser of the week’s mystery dram or, if there has been no correct guess, the sample goes to a commenter (randomly chosen). Last week, “Dutch” won the mystery dram and has asked for a sample of some fine American whiskey. Dutch, I’ve got a nice one on it’s way to you. I think you’ll like it a lot.
Details on how to win a mystery dram sample (which will be Scotch or American whisk(e)y, your choice) are listed below, after the review.
On the nose – Big spicy nose with hints of buttered popcorn and spiced honey.
Oak and potpourri, mostly oak.
Caramel protein bars.
On the mouth – Hot hot hot!
The nose did not tell me that I would be drinking Sterno.
Hot, thin mouth feel with notes of apple pie and blueberry jam.
Finish – Short with flavor, long with spirit fire.
In sum – This is a spicy hot one for sure but there is some enjoyable corniness on the nose which hints at some corn influence. Corn & rye, this is my guess. This is a slow sipper for sure. One to help the summer go by faster – mainly because there’s so much alcohol content to this whiskey that, if you drink too much of it, you’ll be passed out cold until autumn time comes around.
The clues –
- Lots of corn notes on the nose with a bit of blueberry jam and oak.
- Pure fire palate – my guess is we’re looking at something over 55% ABV, very spirity.
- Leaves your mouth burning
JMSWS antes up!
For those who attempt to guess – each week I will be sending out one mystery dram (a small 5cl bottle) and the first person guesses correctly wins the dram. Actually, if there are no correct guesses for the week then a winner will be chosen at random. You win whether your right or not (like a weatherperson – right or not, s/he still has a job)!
So again, I will be awarding a free whisk(e)y sample every week to one lucky winner (whether you guess correctly or not).
How do I enter to win you ask?
Easy, comment on this post with what you think the mystery dram of the week may be. It’s that simple.
I will let you choose the type of mystery dram — Scotch or American Whiskey (though that’s all you’ll know about it). And if you’d like, you can send me your tasting notes and I’ll post them for my readers to guess at. If you’d prefer the blind tasting to be between just you and me… that’s cool too.
For previous “Rick’s Mystery Dram” entries :
Here’s Mystery Dram #1 (which ended up being Parker’s Heritage First Edition)
Here’s Mystery Dram #2 (which ended up being Parker’s Heritage Golden Anniversary)
Here’s Mystery Dram #3 (which ended up being Evan Williams Single Barrel, 2000 vintage, barrel # 234)
Here’s Mystery Dram #4 (which ended up being Tonala 4 year Anejo tequila)
Here’s Mystery Dram #5 (which ended up being Wild Turkey Russell’s Reserve, 10 year)
Here’s Mystery Dram #7 (remember, there was no #6 dram. #7 ended up being Jefferson’s Presidential Select, 17 year, batch #3)
Here’s Mystery Dram #8 (remember, there was no #6 dram. #8 ended up being Sazerac Rye 18yr which, by the way, completely threw me off. Not what I was expecting from a rye whiskey. I liked it anyway.)