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Assessment: Ruddell’s Mill Bourbon and Rye – Double Cask Releases

We lined the whiskeys of Ruddell’s Mill a few yr in the past, all sourced whiskeys from Kentucky which might be bottled in New Jersey. Now we’re again with two new, however very restricted version releases, each double-casked earlier than bottling. You may get the entire backstory on Ruddell’s Mill on the above hyperlink. Manufacturing particulars and tasting notes on these new choices comply with.

Ruddell’s Mill Kentucky Straight Double Cask Bourbon – Constituted of the identical mash invoice as Ruddell’s Mill Kentucky Straight Bourbon, then racked into new degree 4 alligator char barrels for an extra 8 months. Ruddell’s Mill Bourbon has loads of wooden on it, and I’m undecided that an additional 8 months of degree 4 barrel char is crucial. Right here the whiskey showcases a ton of oak, although notes of cherry and chocolate — loads of callback to the usual launch — are amply represented. The palate sees loads of warmth at a blazing 58.3% abv, purple pepper and cinnamon dominating towards a backdrop of char, mint, and a slick of licorice. Butterscotch notes sweeten up the end, however some water doesn’t damage right here in any respect to mood the extra aggressive parts. 339 bottles produced. 116.6 proof. Reviewed: Batch #DCB01. B+ / $79

Ruddell’s Mill Kentucky Straight Double Cask Rye – Ruddell’s rye, re-barreled into degree 4 char barrels for a yr. A lot much less aggressive than the bourbon, with some unique notes of Japanese spices, incense, and outdated Turkish rug on the nostril, all serving to to tame the additional wooden affect. As with the unique, the palate is sweeter than anticipated, the spice parts tempered by notes of vanilla and butterscotch, the oak disappearing nearly fully because the end builds. It’s extra cohesive than the usual rye, maybe as a consequence of its surprisingly low abv — almost 3% decrease than the unique and far much less scorching than the Double Cask Bourbon. Whereas the Double Cask Bourbon doesn’t change the equation a lot, this elevates the unique amiably. 702 bottles produced. 89.8 proof. Reviewed: Batch #DCR01. B+ / $69

Ruddell’s Mill Kentucky Straight Double Cask Bourbon


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