Updated: Feb 21, 2021
Distillery: Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery
Mashbill: Undisclosed % but yellow corn, malted rye, caramel malted barley, honey malted barley
BACKGROUND: In 2011 Chattanooga Whiskey became the first legal distillery in Chattanooga in over 100 years. The signature recipe was picked by head distiller Grant McCracken from the first batch of barrels that came out of the distillery. They became known as “barrel 91.” These bottles are aged for 2 years then out through a “Solera finishing process” by placing all the barrels into a 4,000 gallon charred white oak solera finishing barrel.
NOSE: The nose opens with a nice mild combination of cherry, oak, and brown sugar. It can almost be compared to the smell of a sweet bread mixed with ethanol. Overall very balanced and enjoyable(19/25)
PALATE: Brown sugar dominates the palate with a mild back end of your classic vanilla, aged oak, and a slight hint of leather. The low proof allows your taste buds to really pull the sweet hint within the bottle (28/40)
FINISH: An extremely mild finish which could be expected with a bottle that contains such a low proof. I was able to pull light notes of leathery oak, sawdust, and a very light pepper, overall underwhelming due to the lack of intensity compared to the nose and palate. (18/25)
VALUE: For $35 this is a wonderful addition to any collection as a nightly drinker or something to share when you're with friends. (8/10)
FINAL THOUGHTS: A wonderful low priced bottle that gives all the flavors of a traditional whiskey, while being readily available and at a great price point. Terrific inexpensive bottle that can make a delicious mixer or can be enjoyed neat. For a bottle so young it is impressive how the Solera process makes it seem like an older bottle.
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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