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We’ve already lined a handful of merchandise from Oregon-based Ransom Spirits, together with their Old Tom Gin, which put them on the craft distilling map over a decade in the past. The whimsically named Whippersnapper was the distillery’s first foray into whiskey, however lately they added to the brown spirits portfolio with this bottle, Ransom Bourbon. The mashbill for this whiskey is a four-grain recipe of 66% corn, 23% rye, 6% wheat, and 4% malted barley. It’s a mix of 2-, 3-, and 12-year-old bourbons, a few of which have been sourced from Indiana (the youthful inventory, unusually) with the rest having been distilled on Ransom’s hand-hammered, direct-fired French alembic pot nonetheless. Whereas they’re presently mixing their older inventory with youthful Indiana-distilled bourbons, the aim, based on a Ransom spokesperson, is to have a wholly house-distilled product sooner or later. Whereas we look ahead to that bottle, let’s give this one a go, lets?
The aroma is instantly uncommon, exhibiting numerous well-aged character with leather-based, damp oak, and barrel char but additionally hints of the youthful elements within the type of candy creamed corn and peanut brittle. A creamy observe of caramel candies binds every little thing collectively properly. On the palate, that is simple ingesting bourbon with a lightweight, honeyed physique and mild heat. It’s no taste bomb, with delicate notes of scorching cocoa, oatmeal cookie, and cinnamon sugar that really feel as simple as an on a regular basis bourbon with only a bit extra mature magnificence. What it lacks in depth, nevertheless, it virtually makes up for in steadiness and approachability. The end is beneficiant however considerably monotone with a brown sugar sweetness that’s enlivened because it fades with a little bit of peppery spice. It’s a powerful ultimate product born from what have been absolutely very completely different whiskeys. And at an excellent worth level, as well.
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