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Cedar Ridge is an Iowa-based producer of whiskey, particularly, nicely, what sort of whiskey doesn’t Cedar Ridge make (and brandy, and wine, and… every thing)? With The QuintEssential, Cedar Ridge takes its 2-row barley single malt whiskey, ages it in bourbon casks for 2 years, then finishes it in as much as 20 several types of wine and Port casks. Batches are vatted solera type — we’re on batch 6 proper now — so the factor will get increasingly more advanced as time goes on. That’s the thought, anyway. Let’s give it a attempt.
The QuintEssential performs its hand cool initially, a granary-heavy aroma laced with notes of roasted mushrooms, barrel char, and hints of black tea. Notes of Sicilian olives give it a curiously vegetal, earthy character — even a bit salty at instances. To this point, so so… however then the palate opens as much as a world of recent experiences. Evenly candy with notes of honey grahams, sesame cookies, and almonds, the whiskey dives into notes of applesauce and sultanas, persimmon and a few gingersnap notes. The end brightens up with notes of lemon curd and a contact of lime zest, with notes of coconut flesh and extra sesame oil lingering.
It’s advanced, and barely bizarre, stuff — and nicely price exploring given its nuances. A steal at 50 bucks.
92 proof. Reviewed: Batch #006.