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Review: Cascade Moon Rye 13 Years Old and Barrel Proof Spirit 15 Years Old

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Cascade Moon — the upscale sub-brand of George Dickel — not too long ago dropped two new releases. Additionally dropped has been the numbering system which got here with its first two whiskies, dubbed No. 1 and No. 2. Going ahead, Cascade Moon bottlings might be distinguished by distinctive labels and descriptive naming methods explaining precisely what’s within the bottle.

So, let’s strive these two new spirits — simply don’t name them No. 3 and No. 4.

Cascade Moon Rye 13 Years Outdated – There’s just a little little bit of opacity on this launch, because it’s MGP rye (doubtless the 95/5 mashbill), although it’s been matured in Tennessee for the final 10 of its 13 years of getting old. It’s unique and natural on the nostril, with notes of mint and dill within the combine, undercut with notes of candy butterscotch candies. Once more it’s each natural and candy on the tongue, a number of dill giving it an enormous pickle notice that’s laborious to shake. Peppery and a bit leathery however subdued by notes of brown sugar, blueberry, cocoa powder, and extra of that butterscotch, the whiskey finally evolves in glass to really feel a bit previous however by no means austere. That stated, it’s beginning to achieve a few of that oxidized furnishings polish character across the edges, indicating this most likely obtained pulled from the barrel simply in time. Loads of vanilla syrup retains the calmly oily end rolling alongside, offering virtually sufficient of a candied sweetness to make you neglect the MSRP for this bottle is 300 bucks. 100 proof. B+ / $300

Cascade Moon Spirits Distilled from Grain Barrel Proof 15 Years Outdated – This can be a enjoyable one. That is distilled from Dickel’s personal bourbon mash (corn, rye, and barley) and aged for 15 years — and presumably it underwent the Lincoln County course of earlier than going into barrel. The humorous factor is that, as a result of curious means it was aged, the whisky dropped beneath 80 proof. So that is barrel proof “spirits distilled from grain” (since it may possibly’t legally be known as whisky) — with barrel proof being 39.9% abv. As for the expertise: A softer whisky (pardon my French) you’ll be hard-pressed to seek out. Candy on the nostril, its spiced toffee notes transfer into brown butter, milk chocolate, and a definite however rising oakiness that feels a bit misplaced — toasty however not overly charred. The palate is creamy, with notes of peanut butter, Mounds bars, vanilla, and nougat — and only a trace of varnish within the combine. Recent cream endures on the prolonged however decidedly delicate end, which continues to sweeten up as a notice of doughy sesame peeks its means in. Think about an older mild whiskey and also you’re heading in the right direction. 79.8 proof. B+ / $125

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Cascade Moon Rye 13 Years Outdated

$300

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