American Whiskey Issue Seven Tastings

Sonoma County – Cherrywood Smoked Rye

Sonoma County 
Cherrywood Smoked Rye 
Sonoma Distilling Company

Proof: 95.6
ABV: 46.5%
Style: Rye
State: CA
Price: $$$

Peggy Noe Stevens 7.2

Nose: Robust grains and spike of oak gathers quickly. Apparent wood sugars with smoke that comes and goes. Banana bread and white raisin.

Palate: A little tight on the tongue with the tannins. The char outweighs the height of the rye note.  Doughy yeast and cardamom play a role.

Finish: Somewhat sassy on the char that lingers and then it takes over the finish.

Comments: For those that like a good Ardbeg, would like this as a rye.

Susan Reigler 7.8

Nose: Cellulose herbal rye first, followed by carraway spice. There is a suggestion of unripe fruit and a little bit of baking spices.

Palate: Sweeter on the palate. Fruit notes of Granny Smith apple, unripe pear, and figs, joined by some faint smoke and new leather. 

Finish: Aromatic wood note, more cedar than oak, show up at first and dries to light tannins at the ending.

Comments: A solid rye  that would hold up very nicely in a Sazarac or a Manhattan.

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