Final yr, Washington D.C.’s One Eight Distilling launched their first ever single barrel below their in-house District Made label, a formidable cask strength rye whiskey. What is sensible for a sequel? You guessed it. A cask power, single barrel bourbon. This bottle hit the distillery’s present store cabinets again in September, however the One Eight crew had been good sufficient to share a nip for this assessment. Like their latest Bottled in Bond bourbon, this single barrel is created from One Eight’s excessive rye mashbill: 59% yellow corn, 24% rye, and 17% malted rye. Aged over six years, it’s the oldest whiskey but launched from the distillery. I used to be impressed by the Bottled in Bond expression, so let’s see what a bit extra age and lot extra alcohol have achieved to this one.
On the nostril, a number of seasoned wooden, outdated furnishings, and worn leather-based properly complement a pantry stuffed with darkish spices, toasted sugar, and black cherries in syrup. It’s sultry and sophisticated, these spice notes constructing because it opens within the glass. The palate, nevertheless, dials issues as much as 11. It’s comparatively large with a giant punch of RedHots and candy, muddled orange slice that offers strategy to cherry cola and chewy caramels. A drier, baking chocolate word helps to maintain a few of that sweetness in examine as a beneficiant however very approachable heat smolders into an extremely lengthy end, showcasing notes of barrel char, Jumble Cookies, and pipe tobacco. Those that gravitate to cask power taste bombs will discover a lot to love right here, however a bit water actually elevates the darkish fruit notes whereas additionally softening and increasing the general profile. These barrels are clearly hitting their stride. As of this writing, only some circumstances stay, so for everybody with outdated mates in D.C., now is perhaps time to reconnect.
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