Origin: Wisconsin (USA)
Type: Rye Whiskey
Ageing cask: Virgin
Added colouring: No
Owner: Dream Whisky
Price: € 110.00 on Dream Whisky
Official website: dreamwhisky.com
The second of the new releases in the American Oak series, which thus reaches a total of four bottlings (for now), with which Marco Maltagliati and Federico Mazzieri, in collaboration with the Jerry Thomas Project, bring us an American rye whiskey as always from the Death’s Door distillery.
A single, virgin, heavily charred cask in which a distillate made from a mix of malted barley and locally sourced rye (30/70) is aged for six years, mirroring the other bottling.
A fairly classic recipe that in a single cask can find new inclinations.
On the nose, the aromas evoke a walk in a spring forest, with scents of resin, bark and pine needles intertwined with honeysuckle flowers, accompanied by caramelised sugar (the crunchy film of crema catalana), pineapple, blond orange and chewing gum. Balsamic veins run through the scents, in a rich and pulpy aromatic texture.
In the mouth it begins with a veil of spices (pepper, nutmeg, ginger) which heralds an oily body full of liquorice, chinotto, coffee, carob, crossed by evocations of tobacco and leather. On the length, a mentholated and balsamic note emerges, very fresh.
The balsamic note continues in the long finish, where spicy and vegetal touches chase each other on liquorice, citrus, candied fruit and cocoa.
I’m not a great lover of ryes, I admit, but this bottle nevertheless managed to pamper me with its tones that are both sweet and fresh, with an elegance that I have rarely found in other similar whiskies.
In short, good.