Review #142 Chattanooga 111 Whiskey
Updated: May 4, 2021
Distillery: Chattanooga Riverfront Distillery Proof: 111 Age: 2 Years Mashbill: 75% Yellow Corn, 25% Malt (Malted Rye, Caramel Malted Barley & Honey Malted Barley - exact percentages not disclosed) BACKGROUND: In 2011 Chattanooga Whiskey became the first legal distillery in Chattanooga in over 100 years. Their signature recipe was crafted by head distiller Grant McCracken from their first batch of whiskey distilled. They became known as “barrel 91.” These bottles are aged for 2 years then go through a “Solera finishing process” by placing all the barrels into a 4,000 gallon charred white oak solera finishing barrel. Chattanooga Whiskey 111 Cask is the unfiltered, barrel strength expression of Chattanooga Whiskey’s signature high malt bourbon, Chattanooga Whiskey 91. Unlike 91 however, Cask 111 is not Solera aged and is bottled at 111 proof. NOSE: Rich caramel, butterscotch, clove, and plum waft up on first smell. There are also rich oak and warm baking space notes playing around in the background. Overall this is a very sweet, simple and bold nose. (22/25)
PALATE: Unliked the nose, the palate is quite dry and dominated by oak sugars and barrel char. I was not expecting the whiskey to have this flavor profile but it was very enjoyable. There are also some brown sugar and dark caramel sweetening this whiskey up. I was shocked by this whiskey given its age statement. It drinks like an older whiskey with a nice rich mouth feel. (34/40)
FINISH: The finish ties this whiskey up with strong oak, allspice, black pepper, and some more burnt caramel. It has a nice chewiness to it and last for quite a while. (22/25)
VALUE: With a $45 SRP Chattanooga 111 is a guilt free whiskey with loads of flavor! This is perfectly priced! (8/10)
FINAL THOUGHTS: Chattanooga 111 whiskey is a very tasty and flavorful Whiskey that exudes the rich and dry oak and barrel char notes a Whiskey can have. It is priced perfectly and is an excellent daily drinker. It is incredibly smooth and flavorful and we highly recommend this to everyone to try.
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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