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Review: Kinsey Straight Wheat Whiskey and Chardonnay Cask Whiskey

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New Liberty Distillery in Philadelphia, which launched in 2014, bottles quite a lot of spirits underneath quite a few model names, however arguably it’s best identified for the Kinsey model of whiskey, which contains bourbon, rye, and some extra limited-release oddities, just like the whiskeys we’re tucking into at the moment. Let’s give them a attempt. Bottles are individually numbered.

Kinsey Straight Wheat Whiskey – Comprised of a mash of 73% wheat and 27% malted barley, this two 12 months previous wheat whiskey is aged in “extremely seasoned” newly charred American oak barrels. It’s definitely younger and fairly aggressive stuff, boldly woody on the nostril with overtones of moist leather-based, contemporary pepper, and toasted cloves. The palate struggles to search out sweetness however there’s a butterscotch notice there should you dig, plus notes of cardamom and nutmeg discovering their method into the combo. That intense, leathery core is rarely far out of focus, nevertheless, although layers of spice do their greatest to mood a number of the aggressive wooden parts, which linger considerably on the end. It’s an inexpensive sufficient exhibiting but it surely wants considerably extra time in barrel to develop. 95 proof. B- / $40

Kinsey Chardonnay Cask Whiskey – Comprised of a base whiskey of 99% corn and 1% malted barley, aged for 4 years in new oak, then completed for one 12 months in chardonnay barrels sourced from Meursault, France. (There’s point out of “California chardonnay” within the press launch, however that looks as if a mistake if that is aged in Burgundy barrels.) This can be a a lot completely different expertise than the prior whiskey, instantly candy, nearly sugary at instances. The nostril is very curious, with notes of vanilla, graham crackers, melon, and pineapple all in a swirl — a little bit of a frozen yogurt melange the place you’ve gone a bit heavy on the toppings. There’s extra of the identical on the palate, although it’s even sweeter right here than the nostril would point out: marshmallow, butterscotch, and candied fruits resulting in a silky end — a bit gummy at instances — that nods at lychee and a reprise of pineapple. An undercurrent of toasty wooden endures, however by no means dominates. There’s heaps happening right here, however the general expertise is so exuberant and completely different which you can’t assist however gravitate to it. 80 proof. A- / $50

Kinsey Chardonnay Cask Whiskey




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