Redwood Empire’s bonded bourbon and ryes — Grizzly Beast and Rocket Top, respectively — solely arrived earlier in 2022, however now the corporate is again with a second batch of whiskeys, albeit barely totally different from the primary batch. These are absolutely produced “grain to glass” choices made totally in California and consistent with the strict tenets of the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897.
Prepared for spherical 2? Let’s dig in.
Redwood Empire Grizzly Beast Bottled in Bond Bourbon Batch #2 – A slight variation discover this now created from a mash of 66% corn, 23% rye, 7% wheat, and 4% barley, with the wheat knocked up a bit over batch #1. Aged 5 years in #3 charred barrels. It’s initially fruity on the nostril, exhibiting gentle notes of strawberry at instances, with caramel and toffee notes plus a modest underpinning of wooden that grows stronger with time in glass. General fairly light, notes of banana and milk chocolate preserve the palate energetic, the oak well-tempered because it reveals parts of coconut husk, toasted walnuts, and a few apple crumble on the end. A lot much less woody and general far milder than Drew’s notes on Batch #1 recommend, it is a energetic and significantly extra approachable whiskey that feels wholly agreeable, if not precisely complicated. 100 proof. A- / $80 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]
Redwood Empire Rocket Prime Bottled in Bond Rye Whiskey Batch #2 – This batch’s Rocket Prime turns into a four-grain whiskey as nicely, composed of 87% rye, 5% wheat, 5% malted barley, and three% corn, the corn being the brand new addition. 5 years previous, once more. This seems like rye from the beginning, and an enormous one, with a grassy, nearly weedy nostril that evokes dill and minimize hay over all else. The palate is simply as aggressive, peppery and heavy with the inexperienced facet of the dried spice cupboard — thyme and oregano, and extra of that dill weed. A slather of caramel brightens up the end with some much-needed sweetness, however on the entire the steadiness on this rye feels prefer it’s weighted too far towards its dusty dry, grassy facet — once more, one thing of a departure from batch #1. 100 proof. B / $80 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]