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We’ve been writing about Inexperienced River for years, virtually because it bought began again in 2016 below the O.Z. Tyler title. Final yr we even checked out an almost ready preview bottling of Inexperienced River’s eponymous bourbon, created from a mash of 70% corn, 21% rye, and 9% barley.
Now Inexperienced River Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is right here, made solely in Owensboro, Kentucky and formally in the marketplace, albeit with no formal age assertion. (Let’s name it 4 years previous.)
I used to be a giant fan of the prerelease bottling, although that was bottled at 117 proof. How does Inexperienced River current at a a lot tamer 90 proof? Let’s discover out.
I’m happy to report there’s nonetheless tons to love right here. Almond and nougat notes are evident on a nostril that provides ample spice and a wholesome grassy high quality pushed by the rye. A delicate grind of pepper provides only a trace of warmth, however it’s by no means overwhelming. The palate is sweeter than the fairly grassy nostril would recommend, with notes of marzipan and vanilla outstanding, transferring from there to cinnamon-swirled applesauce. Some popcorn and peanut right here, as is to be anticipated, however each play second fiddle to the sooner parts. The rye is abundantly accounted for, a giant pop of charred grass and a few bay leaf heading up the end. And but there’s nonetheless room for a touch of maple and butterscotch on the conclusion.
A lot occurring and many to take pleasure in — and a modest shift from the pre-release bottling we noticed in 2021. In any respect of $30, I’ve zero drawback recommending this as a home mixer.
A- / $30 / greenriverdistilling.com