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For the most recent releases from Distillery 291 Colorado Whiskey, the baton has been handed on to me from Drew and Christopher as Drinkhacker revisits the most recent batch of HR (Excessive Rye) Colorado Bourbon Whiskey and takes a primary take a look at the Unhealthy Man Colorado Bourbon Whiskey and restricted launch of E (Experimental) Whiskey. Let’s see what impressions they go away this time.
Distillery 291 Unhealthy Man Colorado Bourbon – This can be a wheated four-grain bourbon made with corn, malted wheat, malted rye, and beech smoked barley mash. The nostril begins with a wealthy and thick aroma of Port and stewed prunes adopted by an intriguing undertone of brand name new automotive seat leather-based or leather-based polish that really appears to work towards the candy notes (to some it could possibly be acetone). On the palate the tables flip, greeting you first with a bitter chew of dry leather-based and oak that adheres to the tongue and by no means appears to let up. With subsequent sips, candied oranges and raspberry coulis drive some tartness and spice to the trace of sweetness. Rye and smoky barley are distinguished, giving off prickliness within the spice and a peaty Scotch character. There may be actually a little bit bit of each sort of whiskey featured on this bourbon – candy Irish, peaty Scotch, gritty rye, grainy bourbon. What’s conspicuous of their absence are caramel and vanilla notes, which makes this essentially the most non-bourbon bourbon I’ve tasted thus far. If the title Unhealthy Man is in reference to irreverence concerning expectations, then they nailed it. Anticipate the surprising right here. After getting my bearings, there’s a lot to understand about its eccentricity. 115.6 proof. A- / $108
Distillery 291 Excessive Rye Colorado Bourbon Batch 25 (2022) – Drew first showcased Batch 4 of this bourbon in 2018 (then billed as a single barrel launch) and one rapid distinction vs. as we speak’s Batch 25 is the leap in proof from 100 to 128.2. The mashbill options corn, malted rye, and malted barley. If this reads like a subset of the Unhealthy Man mashbill, the expertise follows swimsuit, with notes which might be related, sans the distinguished smokiness and some notches down on the oakiness, which lets conventional vanilla and burnt caramel notes come by means of. The nostril is extra delicate than Unhealthy Man and amazingly tender for its excessive warmth index, although there may be nonetheless a contact of smokiness on the nostril to deliver up some graham crackers and Port/prune notes. The brilliant spiciness of candied orange and cinnamon greet you on the palate with oakiness that’s once more surprisingly restrained, with little proof of the excessive proof. This expression is so gentle in comparison with the said proof that it’s sufficient to tempt some skepticism. 128.2 proof. A- / $108 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]
Distillery 291 E (Experimental) Colorado Whiskey Batch 9 – The E collection is supposed to incorporate distinctive expressions the place 291 “thinks exterior the field.” Every year’s expression stands by itself, and for Batch 9, 291 has teamed up with Marianne Eaves, famed Kentucky grasp distiller, for a particular mixing of 291 whiskeys that can also be a part of her 2021 Eaves Blind collection. The nostril appears to trace on the Unhealthy Man on this combine (maybe suggesting there may be smoked barley within the unspoken mashbill) however with a barely extra abrasive smoky acetone character and fewer candy, stewed fruit. The palate agrees, because it leans drier than the Excessive Rye, with a kick of smokiness, adopted by spicy fruitiness that includes some peach, a classy mellowing foil to the cinnamon bomb. Once more, exhausting to consider it’s 129.6 proof. Very effectively introduced with being each punchy and balanced on the identical time. 129.6 proof. A- / $150