By Richard Thomas
Redwood Empire Whiskeys comes from the Sonoma-based Graton Distillery, who created and inaugurated the model with the discharge of three expressions in 2019: Pipe Dream, Emerald Big and Misplaced Monarch. They adopted up on that final yr with the beginning of a bottled in bond model extension, with two redwood forest themed whiskeys, Grizzly Bear and Rocket Prime. Redwood Empire now continues on that extension with the second batch of these bonded whiskeys.
Grizzly Beast will get its identify from two giants: Grizzly Big, an enormous Sequoia in Yosemite Nationwide Park, and Mattole Beast, a large 375-foot coastal redwood in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Batch 2 retains the four-grain mash strategy of the primary batch, however nearly doubles the quantity of wheat within the mash: 66% Corn 23% Rye 7% Wheat 4% Barley. It’s spent 5 years in degree three char, 53-gallon new oak barrels.
As if nodding on the redwood theme, the bourbon has a reddened amber look to it. The low corn, 4 grain recipe actually exhibits within the nostril, which is softly spicy. It’s a sprinkle of white pepper atop a coat of vanilla, and I believe it’s the elevated wheat proportion that restrains the pepperiness. The flavour profile follows in that vein. Once more, it leads with its spiciness, however that is softened. The candy facet is extra rounded out on the palate than within the nostril, increasing to fruit cocktail and vanilla.
My have a look at what on-line retailers are charging suggests one ought to anticipate to pay $90 a bottle.