Hit the American whiskey part of any bottle store and attempt to discover one thing that isn’t a rye or bourbon. Whereas there are many nice decisions, seeing the identical two classes dominate shelf area can really feel monotonous. R6 Distillery in El Segundo, California will need to have got here to the identical conclusion, as they’ve launched their second batch of their Single Malt. The mash invoice is something however humdrum:
Crafted with 100% malted grain from a single distillery, this curious whiskey incorporates a European model grain invoice with an R6 twist: peated malt, distiller’s malt, chocolate malt, and occasional malt. Fairly than separating the chocolate and occasional malt as initially supposed, the flavour when introduced collectively was too good to move up, so the 2 mashes had been mixed previous to being distilled and matured in smaller degree #3 Charred New American White Oak barrels.
You may inform that is one thing totally different the second you nostril it. It’s an odd fusion of smoked salt, charred barbecue, spices like white pepper and paprika, with touches of orange rind and a reposado tequila-like vegetal observe. I can’t fault it for lack of complexity, however I’m not satisfied these are all aromas that work collectively. On the palate a honeyed cereal grain taste resides within the foreground with smoked wooden layered beneath it. Regretfully, the end lacks the polish of a whiskey that’s had extra time to mellow in barrel.
I reward R6 for having the braveness to supply an modern whiskey not like any I’ve tasted. We’ve the peated malt typical of scotch blended with specialty malts utilized in beer manufacturing and aged in bourbon’s signature Charred American White Oak. Sounds good, which is why it pains me to say that I didn’t benefit from the whiskey. I do suggest making an attempt it as I’m positive multiple of our readers will love what R6 has accomplished. As for me although, “curious” is the descriptor that finest sums up the R6 Single Malt.
B- / $65 / r6distillery.com