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Review: Walker’s Cay Bourbon

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Walker’s Cay — full with a marlin on the label — certain does sound like a rum. Shock: It’s bourbon, made in Kentucky, completed with sherry cask staves, and bottled by King Spirits in Owensboro, KY.

The proprietor of King Spirits is Steven Busch, the son of August Busch III, and clearly extra of a spirits man than a beer man. Along with a vodka, the corporate markets this bourbon, which is “impressed by time Steven spent together with his Dad on the water and the household’s ardour for saltwater fishing, particularly in The Bahamas. In consequence, the corporate proudly makes donations and can contribute a portion of earnings from each manufacturers to charities that immediately assist the Bahamian residents.”

The whiskey is produced by Green River Distilling, which we’ve lined beforehand, and is constructed from a mash of 70% corn, 21% rye, and 9% malted barley. No age assertion is obtainable, however word the whiskey is completed on “sherry staves,” not in sherry casks.

The outcomes are surprisingly good for what seems to be (and which, given the youth of Inexperienced River, actually has to be) a younger spirit — and which prices below $40. A nostril of popcorn, butterscotch, and a contact of cashew butter begin issues off according to expectations — shifting into conventional notes of peanut shell and caramel corn with a bit of time in glass. There’s no actual trace of the sherry stave ending on the nostril, however the palate sees it sneaking in a bit. A touch of oxidized wine and notes of plums plus a layer of blended currants and blackberries give the whiskey an sudden fruitiness right here. Then there’s a wholesome layer of oak, extra butterscotch, caramel sauce, and a touch of strawberry, all of which endure on a properly rounded and medium size end. There’s actually a popcorny/peanuty youth right here all through, however Walker’s Cay is aware of find out how to work with it and does its finest with the uncooked substances. I’d don’t have any qualms utilizing this as a mixer — or as an occasional sipper, even.

90 proof.

B+ / $37

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