Issue Four Peggy Noe Stevens Susan Reigler Tastings

KO – Bare Knuckle American Rye Whiskey

Bare Knuckle American Rye Whiskey
KO Distilling

Proof: 90
ABV: 45%
Style: Rye
State: VA 
Price: $$

Peggy Noe Stevens – 8.5

Nose: Dark raisin and banana bread. Molasses and black walnut. Honey and red pear with candied orange.

Palate: Black licorice.  Cola and coffee are rich and playful. Crème Brule is wispy, yet elegant. Crushed dark fruit mixture conjures with allspice.

Finish: Almost chewy tannins in a pleasant way. Little heat, but lingers with a crisp and grainy rye statement

Comment: Delightfully crisp and dry.

Susan Reigler – 8.2

Nose: Rye grass with notes of peppery mint, vanilla, and oak. A whiff of apple emerges as the whiskey sits in the glass. 

Palate: Raisins and dates with some vanilla appear first. Waves of cinnamon and allspice with nutty tannins. 

Finish: Fades rather quickly. The ending is very dry and clean.

Comment: A couple of drops of water reveal more rye characteristics, especially some caraway and pepper. Would very much like to try this in a Sazarac. 

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