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Micro Monday Review #46 Dutchess Private Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Updated: Feb 21, 2021

Distillery: Taconic Distillery

Proof: 90

Age: 3 yrs

Mashbill: 70% Corn, 25% Rye, 5% Malted Barley

BACKGROUND: Taconic Distillery was launched in 2013 in Standfordville, NY. Nuzzled in the Hudson Valley, Taconic tries to cherish the outdoorsy spirit of the area in their whiskey. They are a true small business and craft distillery with a diverse whiskey portfolio including this, their flagship bourbon, Dutchess Private Reserve straight bourbon, a barrel strength bourbon, a rye whiskey, a barrel strength rye and a double barrel maple bourbon whiskey.

NOSE: Scents of sweet cherry, vanilla, and light maple syrup. Strong ethanol base that burns a little. It comes off as a citrus zest. There isn’t much oak (19/25)

PALATE: Very light sip that feels almost watered down. Very thin mouthfeel but the notes are lots of spice, some vanilla and dried fruit. It has a sweet baking flavor as well to it that’s enjoyable (31/40)

FINISH: The finish is barely there but it barely shows itself as some oak and black pepper (18/25)

VALUE: This is perfectly priced at $35 for a local craft whiskey (8/10)

Overall: 76/100

FINAL THOUGHTS: This is a easy drinker with a nice light mouthfeel and sweet flavor notes. It’s enjoyable to sip on and a great introductory whiskey. I recommend this to all new whiskey drinkers who can get their hands on it.

Similar & Slightly Better Whiskey: Chicken Cock Straight Bourbon

Similar & Equal Whiskey: Four Roses Small Batch

Similar & Slightly Worse Whiskey: Weller Special Reserve

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Scoring Legend:

96-100: The perfect dram, juice of the gods

90-95: Near perfect, truly incredible whiskey

85-89: Amazing whiskey, will always try to keep a backup bottle of this

80-84: Very good, some minor flaws here or there

75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink, Will try and keep a bottle on the shelf

70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get this

60-69: Decent, would offer this up to non whiskey drinkers

50-59: Not my cup of tea

Below 50: Give away

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