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Evaluation: Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Batch 027

Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Batch 027

Chattanooga Whiskey not too long ago introduced new releases for his or her Experimental Batch line. Now as much as 27 complete expressions, these releases embrace quite a lot of house-distilled spirits with distinctive distillates, finishes, infusions, and blends. We’ve beforehand reviewed their Founder’s tenth Anniversary Mix and Whiskey 91 & Cask 111 expressions, although their experimental line options spirits with way more offbeat backgrounds.

The newest — Batch 027, launched October 2022 — began with a straight bourbon whiskey aged for “over two years” in toasted and charred oak cooperage. (So one would assume it’s nonetheless youthful than a 3 yr outdated whiskey.) Whereas the precise mashbill isn’t disclosed, the grains used have been yellow corn, single supply Italian Eraclea malted barley, and malted rye. Chattanooga Whiskey emphasizes they classify this distillate as “excessive malt.”

Right here’s the place issues get fascinating. After the preliminary ageing course of, the bourbon was transferred to separate ending casks initially holding dessert wine: 57% of the mix was completed in Portuguese Moscatel de Setúbal casks, and 43% was completed in French Sauternes casks. Complete ending instances have been between 19 and 24 months earlier than the completed bourbon was “reunited,” or blended again collectively. The complete batch dimension for launch 027 is simply seven barrels.

That’s fairly the pedigree, and Chattanooga Whiskey isn’t afraid to take large swings with their experimental line. Let’s see how the completed product — bottled at 110 proof — holds up in style.

On the nostril, there’s quite a bit you’d anticipate from the dessert wine finishes. Cinnamon, toasted spices, black and white pepper, and an enormous hit of clove stand entrance and heart. There’s additionally some darkish crimson fruit, like sniffing a not too long ago emptied glass of Port wine. There’s a bit of younger oak from the bourbon itself, however that’s taking part in second fiddle at this level. Nostril once more (deeply), and there’s some pine, but it surely doesn’t cool the nostrils in order to overpower different scents. General, it is a bit like smelling a spicy, sticky, and possibly very tasty pepper jam.

The primary sip provides off white raisin (the model tasting notes have been spot on right here), extra toasted spices and clove, a bit of cinnamon, then dried sumac. Once more, it’s all dessert wine up entrance. The mouth is thick and syrupy firstly, and I’m getting some sturdy notes of malt right here. However that viscosity dissipates quite rapidly, and positively sooner than I might have most well-liked.

The nostril and preliminary taste felt so acquainted, I used to be scratching my head as to what they jogged my memory of. Then it hit me. The entire thing is paying homage to Chinese language five-spice powder: star anise, cloves, Chinese language cinnamon, Sichuan pepper, fennel seeds are all current in some capability. It’s actually an fascinating journey firstly.

The end is the place the wine affect falls away and the younger bourbon itself comes by way of. And once more, these dessert wine flavors dip quite all of the sudden. Inexperienced oak, some corn sweetness, and a contact of grass hit the palate, and the consistency is way thinner in comparison with the primary mouthfeel. There’s little or no of the richness, spice, and complexity from the wine finishes right here, and I discovered myself attempting to chase these down with the end on each sip.

I’m not an outdated whiskey purist, and even this yr, I’ve had some youthful straight bourbons that knocked my socks off. However there’s simply not quite a lot of depth on this end. Sure elements of the nostril and mid-palate of this whiskey carry heavy rye and malt notes, but it surely’s virtually all younger oak on the finish.

For my part, completed whiskey can solely hit the highs of the liquid that went into it. This experimental whiskey boasts an enormous pop in fast taste however simply drops off on the finish, possible because of the younger liquid that went into the ending barrels. (Once more, the preliminary ageing course of was beneath three years.) It’s bourbon that simply doesn’t have sufficient age to match that complexity all the way in which, so the traits of the dessert wine barrels hit after which the remainder falls a bit flat.

Regardless of its limits, this was a downright enjoyable bottle to style and evaluate, although it’s inconceivable to flee the will to do that with older bourbon. After the primary nostril and preliminary sip, I believed there was one thing borderline wonderful occurring right here, and the break up of the 2 dessert wine barrels is kind of sensible. When and if Chattanooga Whiskey incorporates older spirit into these experiments, we could have some magic on our fingers.

Chattanooga Whiskey’s Experimental Batch releases can be found completely on the Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery.

110 proof.

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