Laws Whisky House Tasting Notes

Posted: May 2, 2016 in American Whiskies, Whiskies

Secale Straight Rye Whiskey 50%

Tasted: Sept 2016

Nose: Very feinty and raw with hints of wet cardboardy cereal and coffee. Harsh and herbal with no supporting oak or balancing sweetness.

Palate: Very herbal and marc-like. Too youthful and cardboardy with a complete lack of oak or sweetness.

Finish: Intense, raw and herbal.

Conclusion: When will these distilleries learn that you can’t hurry maturation?

Secale Straight Rye Whiskey, Single Barrel, Cask Strength 66%

Distilled using rye grown on a family farm in the San Luis Valley and malted in Colorado by the Colorado Malting Company.

Tasted: Mar 2016

Nose Intense doesn’t do this nose justice. Huge herbal rye, smoked bacon, red wine jelly, cinnamon sticks, earth, coffee, treacle, brambly black fruit, bitter chocolate and subtle marc-like notes. Water emphasises the rye, if it needed to be emphasised!

Palate: Young, sweet rose petal marc and redcurrant jelly to start, but the bitter wood notes and alcohol hit the palate hard. Unfortunately diluted it’s a bit homogenous.

Finish: So mouth-watering I dribbled over my tasting notes! It’s almost painful to hold it in the mouth with lingering herbal marc-like notes.

Conclusion: Far, far, far too young, but entertaining nevertheless , as long as you have a masochistic streak that is!


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