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Review: Tincup Bourbon Fourteener

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Colorado-based Tincup is again with its oldest whiskey but. Fourteener is billed as a bourbon, not like its eponymous bottling and Tincup 10 Years Old, each of that are denoted as American Whiskeys, as a result of addition of a small quantity of Stranahan’s single malt of their remaining blends. Fourteener is as a substitute a straight bourbon, made with the home type mash of roughly 2/3 corn, 1/3 rye, and a contact of barley, aged in new American oak.

Fourteener is known as in honor of the 58 mountains in Colorado which might be over 14,000 ft tall — generally known as Fourteeners. This can be an annual launch, with every bottle celebrating a special mountain on the label. The primary launch for 2022 options Lengthy’s Peak within the Rocky Mountain Entrance Vary.

We not too long ago tasted Fourteener alongside different members within the Tincup lineup through Zoom, with distiller Jess Graber and Jason Levinson, whiskey educator for Proximo, guiding the way in which. Ideas on the brand new launch comply with.

There’s plenty of wooden on the nostril right here, rapidly transferring from there into a conventional baking spice profile, notably heavy on cloves. Torched orange oil notes emerge with a while. The palate’s acquired fairly a little bit of fruit to it, apple primarily, then one thing extra akin to applesauce — earlier than traditional notes of vanilla and caramel begin to take over. Some nutty notes emerge late within the recreation — almond nougat, fairly candy — earlier than the whiskey leans again right into a baked apple fruitiness, virtually dessert-like. Cinnamon props up the end, nonetheless laced with fruit, with hints of bubblegum across the edges. The wooden character lastly makes a reprise late within the recreation — and it’s welcome, as a result of the whiskey would in any other case come throughout as quite too sugary with out it. Because it stands, the steadiness nonetheless leans a bit closely in that path for my style, however candy tooths might effectively disagree. Undoubtedly value evaluating to Tincup 10 should you can snag a bottle.

84 proof.

B+ / $70 / 

Tincup Bourbon Fourteener




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