With their periodic releases of single barrel and small batch bourbons and ryes, Mark and Sherri Carter, purveyors of the Outdated Carter model, haven’t actually given the whiskey world something it could possibly’t already discover from various different unbiased bottlers. Certain, their palates are clearly spectacular, as they’ve fastidiously chosen some distinctive whiskeys over time to share with the world, albeit at a premium.
However one bottle within the Outdated Carter lineup that stands out among the many many independently bottled whiskeys accessible immediately is their Straight American Whiskey. It’s reportedly an MGP-produced bourbon constructed from a high-corn mashbill that apparently doesn’t qualify as bourbon, which, if we’re connecting the dots right here, ought to be MGP’s American Whiskey recipe of 20% rye bourbon and 80% aged gentle whiskey. Whether or not out of concern of sunshine whiskey’s iffy repute or due to some contractual obligation that retains them mum on the topic, it’s a disgrace the Carters can’t discuss this extra. In a world virtually saturated with bourbon and Scotch, a bottle like this ought to be celebrated for its uniqueness alone. <Steps off soapbox.> Anyway, earlier than I get too laudatory, let’s see what it truly tastes like, we could?
If the colour didn’t already counsel some gentle whiskey within the combine, the aroma positive does. It’s delicate and ethereal with notes of honeydew, buttered popcorn, and a little bit of cinnamon sugar with a lacing of butterscotch all through. On the palate, high notes of sugary sweet corn and candy mint tea evolve to extra caramel corn and Cracker Jacks with wealthy caramel sauce and salted pralines. At full cask power, these flavors are massive and daring, however there’s nonetheless a stunning stability right here, and solely a modest, even warmth that carries throughout the sip right into a prolonged end of honey roasted peanuts and Butter Brickle. It is a wealthy, creamy, and, extra importantly, distinctive whiskey, not like most something on the shelf proper now. Not a lot is price among the markups I’m seeing for this bottle, but when you will get it anyplace close to its unique SRP (~$200), it’s price exploring.