Friday, November 4, 2011

New In-House Selections to Ward Off the Autumn Chills

High West Silver OMG Pure Rye | Park City, UT

OMG here means - Old MononGahela rye. The Monongahela is a river in western Pennsylvania, the name means "falling banks" in reference to the geological instability of the river's banks, which are high, get washed out and therefore collapse. PA became the epicenter of American distilling when whiskey production boomed in the 1800's. Before Prohibition most of the known stills were in PA, primarily using rye where as Kentucky used corn. Old MononGahela rye was considered some of the best there was. However, the distilleries in Pennsylvania all went out of business and the industry there never recovered to the extent the bourbon distilleries in Kentucky did. High West painstakingly researched the recipe for their OMG Pure Rye, made from 80% rye and 20% malted rye and has brought back a true American product.

Tasting Notes:
Packs a unrefined sweet heat and spice, notes of deep red fruits at the start, then mellows to an alluring crisp citrus and smooth finish. A favorite for it’s unique complexity.

High West Bourye | Park City, UT

Bourye is a combination of “Bou” for bourbon and “rye” for rye whiskey. A 50/50 blend made with three whiskies: a 10-year-old bourbon with a mash bill of 75 percent corn, 20 percent rye and 5 percent barley malt; a 12-year-old straight rye whiskey that's 95 percent rye and five percent barley malt; and finally a 16-year-old straight rye with 53 percent rye, 37 percent corn and 10 percent malt.

Tasting Notes:
Balanced yet complex with notes of molasses, coconut and caramel, rye bite at the finish.

Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel | Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, Kentucky
This is the second limited edition Bourbon in the Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Bourbon collection. Aged 11 years and 7 months years in Warehouse C, built by Col. Taylor in 1881 as well as bottled in bond.

Tasting Notes:
This is one for Scotch fans. Starts sweet and buttery, goes to a mild zesty citrus character and then an expected smokiness kicks in, reminiscent of a Scotch.

And now for a little love from overseas....

Bushmill’s 1608 Anniversary | Ireland

The bottled 1608 Anniversary is a homage to the last 400 years of perfecting the art form of distilling. The 1608 is a blend of Bushmills malt whiskies (a selection from those aged in either American oak or Spanish sherry casks), a small amount of Irish grain whiskey and the crystallized malt.

Tasting Notes:
Toffee-like smoothness with vanilla, honey and dried fruit notes. Mild and smooth all the way though. A bar favorite.