New Mexico whiskey distillery Taylor Garrett is a part of that new breed of distilleries that has embraced accelerated getting older methods. The corporate’s “breakthrough, all-natural getting older method” ages spirits in wherever from 24 hours to 12 days, relying on which piece of promoting collateral you learn. Apart from saying the method is “purely bodily,” particulars are scarce. The whiskey, nonetheless, seems ample, with three expressions just lately displaying up for our evaluate.
(Be aware: Taylor Garrett has a sister distillery, Vara, which produces gin. We’ll be attending to that one briefly order.)
At this time we take a look at all three whiskeys at present within the Taylor Garrett portfolio. All are 95 proof.
Taylor Garrett Whiskey – Distilled from a bourbon mash — however not sufficiently old to be technically known as bourbon. This instantly has that craft distillate funk, a nostril of burnt popcorn, charred wooden, and recent asphalt. For those who instructed me this was a two yr outdated bourbon aged in small casks from, nicely, anybody, I’d consider it. The palate holds the road. After the closely savory components blow off, the whiskey reveals some hidden sweetness, heavy with peanuts, candy corn, and each some honey and a contact of maple. A touch of pepper livens up the end, which manages to maintain that punchy char character at bay. It’s approachable sufficient in the long run, however I wouldn’t shell out $63 for it. B / $63
Taylor Garrett Rye – There’s a vein of molasses within the nostril right here, which is uncommon for any whiskey, significantly this one. As that blows off, once more a closely savory character involves bear: gunpowder, roast beer, and peppered bacon. Sweeter on the palate than the Whiskey, the spirit evokes darkish chocolate and licorice, earlier than a sweeter, vanilla-laced character comes into focus. Woody with notes of underbrush, there’s a cherry overtone within the combine that livens an in any other case blunt spirit up, if only a bit. B- / $63
Taylor Garrett & Canteen Brewhouse Collaboration Sequence – Canteen Imperial Malt – This collaboration with native brewery Canteen Brewhouse takes Ganteen’s Imperial Stout barley malt mash (not the completed beer), and runs it via the Taylor Garrett getting older course of. The result’s each acquainted and a bit completely different, the stout mash making a daring assertion from the beginning. The nostril has that aggressive barrel char and smoked wooden character acquainted from the prior two whiskeys, although there’s a distinctly chocolaty, roasted malt character within the combine, alongside a average nutty character and a few notes of darkish roast espresso. The palate develops equally, ruddy and rustic and slightly underdeveloped. Intensely herbaceous and wood-heavy up entrance, it takes a while for extra of the underlying stout character to disclose itself, combating to push via all of the char to reprise a few of these chocolate and occasional bean components. It isn’t till the end that some fruit notes lastly emerge, although their prune and currant character in the end doesn’t devour a lot of the main focus. B / $NA