1. Redemption Pre-Prohibition Style Rye
– Regular $32.99 Our Price $25.98 –
Redemption Rye’s goal is to bring back the classic American Rye cocktail. While the Federal law states that a whiskey must be 51% rye grain to be classified as a rye, we chose to push our grain content to 95%. This not only pushes the flavor forward, but it also magnifies the unique profile of the rye grains.
Mash Bill: 95% Rye, 5% Malted Barley – 92 Proof
Taste: Beautiful flavored rye spice with light floral and citrus notes. Slight mint finish makes this great for sipping or mixing in a classic cocktail. (Think Manhattan, Old Fashioned, and Sazerac). True Rye flavor.
Kevin’s Notes: This has been a Rye favorite for my Manhattan’s for quite some time so I worked out a deal with the wholesaler in order run a hot price for a tasting and here it is. Yes, this is an Indiana-distilled, MGP whiskey, but its aged, cut, and bottled in Bardstown, KY. It’s going to become a standard in your home.
2. Mashbuild Experimental Series Bourbon Finished with Roasted Heirloom Ecuadorian Nacional Cacao
– Cooper’s Price $49.99 –
“I filled the first bottle of what was ultimately going to be Mashbuild back in 2012. My journey to build something great began in 1996 when I took my first job in the wine business, managing sales for a Sonoma vineyard.
I really loved the winemakers approach and process to blending. It was fun, it was experimental, it created a product that coated my palate in ways that a single-varietal couldn’t. In the wine business, flavor was everything.
As a lifelong bourbon-lover though, it was a dream come true when I had the opportunity to go to work for Jim Beam in 2004. When I considered making my own bourbon, I remembered what I learned in the wine business — how blending had a way of accentuating the strengths of the individual varietals and I wondered if you could create the same magic by blending a bourbon.” – RICHARD ANDERS Founder, Mashbuild
The Whiskey – Finished in barrel with rare nacional cacao beans from Ecuador’s heirloom cacao initiative, this batch contains one of the world’s most sought-after cacao beans, grown exclusively by small-scale farmers. Used to produce some of the finest dark chocolates available anywhere, this batch is one of a kind.
3. Mashbuild Uncut Unfiltered Bourbon Whiskey
– Cooper’s Price $54.99 –
Blended from the biggest, boldest flavors in our barrels, this Mashbuild is served at cask strength, uncut and unfiltered.
Each batch has its own signature taste because of the Solera aging process: the continuing maturation of the bourbons that have been there longest combined with the punch of the newer stock.
This special signature batch comes to you exactly as it came out of the barrel; without any water or filtration. This is the purest batch of Mashbuild we have ever put out!
Kevin’s Notes: For the first time we are tasting Mashbuild whiskies, however we’re not tasting one, but two!
We only have 12 bottles of these two whiskies so I’m only going to open one bottle of each. We may be able to get more, but for right now we’re going to limit one bottle per person! This will be an exciting tasting.
4. Lagavulin 16 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
– Cooper’s Price $99.98 –
A much sought-after single malt with the massive peat-smoke that’s typical of southern Islay – but also offering richness and a dryness that turns it into a truly interesting tipple. The 16 year old has truly become a benchmark Islay dram from the Lagavulin distillery.
Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt:
Nose: More like Lapsang Souchong tea than Lapsang Souchong! One of the smokiest noses from Islay. It’s big, very, very concentrated, and redolent of iodine, sweet spices, good, mature Sherry and creamy vanilla. Stunning.
Palate: Very thick and rich. A massive mouthful of malt and Sherry with good fruity sweetness, but also a wonderful sweetness. Big, powerful peat and oak.
Finish: Long, spicy finish, figs, dates, peat smoke, vanilla.