Daddy Rack — yes, I know — is a new craft whiskey out of Columbia, Tennessee, and before you ask, yes, this is a “Tennessee Whiskey,” a bourbon which undergoes the Lincoln County Process of charcoal mellowing before it goes into barrel, which are full-sized barrels which have a #3 char applied. The whiskey is made form a mash of 80% corn 10% rye, and 10% malted barley — and all of that corn is sourced from local farmers within 50 miles of the distillery and milled on site. There’s no age information on Daddy Rack’s whiskey, but each batch is composed of just 20 barrels, and bottles are labeled with all of this information.
Ready to dig in to the only whiskey I’ve seen with a watercolor-tinted caricature on the label? No? Too bad, here we go.
This is quite a classic expression of bourbon in the Tennessee style, albeit a youthful one, kicking off with a nose that’s heavy with peanuts, Cracker Jack, and some barrel char. It’s aromatically straightforward, gently sweet but indistinct, letting the corn and the barrel do most of the heavy lifting. The palate’s got more going on, though it keeps things pretty composed. Lots of popcorn, barrel char, more of a creamy peanut butter element, and just a hint of fresh herbs inform the body, and no surprises emerge on the modest yet expressive finish.
On the whole, it’s absolutely fine. Nothing surprising, no left turns, no mystery components. It’s a spot-on yet clearly relatively young bourbon, and although it’s mellowed appropriately it leaves little to the imagination. And that’s fine, right? Examine the label for some bolder inspiration, perhaps.
80 proof. Reviewed: Batch #001-DR.