Editor’s Observe: This whiskey was supplied to us as a evaluate pattern by Talnua Distillery. This on no account, per our editorial insurance policies, influenced the ultimate consequence of this evaluate.
Arvada, Colorado, distillery Talnua has staked out an fascinating area of interest for itself. As normal supervisor Maya Oren stated in a current interview with The Whiskey Wash, Talnua Distillery is “the primary distillery exterior of Eire that’s absolutely devoted to creating pot nonetheless whiskey.” It ought to be clarified that on this case, “pot nonetheless whiskey” means extra than simply whiskey constructed from a pot reasonably than a column nonetheless. It refers to a selected class intimately related to each the historical past and the resurgence of Irish whiskey-making.
The class is outlined as a lot by the inclusion of each malted and unmalted barley within the mash as it’s by way of the namesake implement. Whereas the usage of pot stills is on the rise in america (significantly amongst craft distillers who’ve much less curiosity within the increased manufacturing volumes of the column design), pot nonetheless whiskey made within the Irish model is a rarity. A distillery absolutely devoted to the model is exceptional till now.
Whereas Talnua takes inspiration and stylistic cues from Irish custom (going as far as to respect the necessities of the Technical File that governs the manufacturing of Irish Whiskey in Eire), they’re completely clear that they’re making American whiskey. Co-Founders Meagan and Patrick Miller first grew to become enamored with pot nonetheless whiskey whereas honeymooning in Eire, however studied the commerce stateside. The affect of Patrick’s time at Colorado single-malt distillery Stranahan’s is discernible in Talnua’s use of native components to imbue a traditional European model with American regional terroir.
This summer season marked the restricted launch of among the still-young distillery’s oldest product, a four-year-aged Bottled-in-Bond American Single Pot Nonetheless Whiskey. For those who needed to learn that designation a second time, that’s as a result of a whiskey that meets the explicit necessities to be labeled each BiB and Single Pot Nonetheless is being made out there for the very first time.
This bottling is a collaboration between Talnua and Barry Chandler of Tales and Sips who chosen a single barrel from a handful of casks that have been despatched throughout the Atlantic in celebration of the bond between Eire and america. The whiskey itself consists of a mash invoice of malted and unmalted barley, triple distilled, and aged 4 years in charred American white oak casks. As a single-barrel bottling, portions are restricted to 250 bottles, with remaining bottles out there just for pickup on the distillery.
Tasting Notes: Talnua Bottled-in-Bond
Important Stats: Aged 4 years. 100 proof. Sells for $150.
Look: Medium physique with a golden-wheat hue.
Nostril: Notes of cornbread and cola.
Palate: Large, spherical, peach-ring stone fruits with a delicate funk and only a trace of vanilla fade out right into a end of allspice and toasty tannins that lean extra in direction of tobacco than leather-based.