Updated: Feb 19, 2021
Distillery: Red River
BACKGROUND: I spent a few hours trying to find more about this bottle but to no avail. From what I could find it is a proprietary blend of corn, rye and barley. I have never seen this in a store nor seen any pictures of it anywhere.
NOSE: The smell reminds of vanilla extract, oak, and honey. It is not a very complex, deep, or long nose but is simple and sweet. (17/25)
PALATE: The sip is warm and smooth with hints of vanilla, caramel, and oak. There is some nice subtle spice, cornbread, and some dried fruit. The mouthfeel is not too oily but also not as simple as water. (30/40)
FINISH: A nice medium finish with traces of oak, white pepper, and light spice. It is quite simple and the flavors are not too prevalent. (18/25)
VALUE: I have struggled to find much information on this bottle but from what I found this retails for somewhere between $35 - $50. I would say $40 is perfect (8/10)
FINAL THOUGHTS: Overall, this was a pleasant surprise. I got it as a gift and have not been able to find much information on this. It is light, sweet, and easy to drink and would recommend this to any new whiskey drinkers.
Similar & Slightly Better Whiskey: Old Grand-Dad 114
Similar & Equal Whiskey: Weller Special Reserve
Similar & Slightly Worse Whiskey: Black Maple Hills (Purple)
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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