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To rejoice 10 years in enterprise, Chattanooga earlier this yr dropped its Founder’s tenth Anniversary Mix, which consists of “three whiskey recipes” distilled in each Chattanooga, Tennessee and in Indiana by MGP.
I don’t have an ideal understanding of how this mix comes collectively, however right here’s what the corporate says: It’s made with “two Tennessee Excessive Malt mash payments, referred to as ‘smoked’ and ‘SB091.’ After 3-4 years of major and secondary getting older, casks of the unique “1816” recipe (the third mash invoice featured within the mix – referred to as “1816RES”) are transferred into Chattanooga Whiskey’s 650 gallon charred oak 1816 Barrel. Right here, casks of various ages marry collectively till prepared for inclusion into the Anniversary Mix. Extra details about every mash invoice is obtainable at chattwhiskey.com/mashbills.”
Finally this all shakes out as a blended bourbon. Let’s give it a whirl.
There’s a lot of malt evident on this whiskey, simply as Chattanooga promised: Nutty with walnut and sesame notes on the nostril, a pop of grassy rye turns into extra apparent as issues begin to coalesce within the glass. Slight touches of lemon emerge because it opens up, however in any other case the main focus stays largely on the malt. The palate follows in lockstep. Nothing to blow the doorways off, however nothing offensive, both. The malt is thick and wealthy, making certain any youthfulness or off notes are swept underneath the rug, leaving of their place a chewy, barely earthy expertise that feels creamy, laced with browned apples, vanilla, and milk chocolate. The end finds room for a pinch of pepper, nevertheless it’s gentle and works properly with the sweeter, nuttier parts within the palate. Soothing is the final word adjective I’d use for this whiskey, and that’s neither a pejorative nor a praise. Both approach, comfortable anniversary.
B+ / $50 / chattanoogawhiskey.com