Wiggle Bridge Distillery
Wiggly Bridge Distillery
Peggy Noe Stevens – 7.4
Nose: Aromas leap out of the glass with cake batter and citrus. Crisp green apple follows and corn syrup. Some fresh grass and hay.
Palate: Nice golden apple surrounds the tongue with a spray of ginger to coat he tongue. Cinnamon elements as well, but the simple syrup and sugar cookie keep the pace.
Finish: Straightforward and peppery. Lingers with just a touch of sweet to tease you.
Comment: Very mixable and friendly for a cocktail.
Susan Reigler – 7.5
Nose: Corn and malt. Sugary note reminiscent of fruity gummy bears.
Palate: The overall impression is sugary. It’s sticky on the lips and tongue. As it travels through the mouth, the corn reasserts itself.
Finish: Long and warm. Leaves a little tingle. It also stays sweet until the very end, where there is a touch of oak.
Comment: Not unpleasant on its own, assuming one likes this whiskey style.
Post Cask Finished Virginia Highland Whiskey
Peggy Noe Stevens – 7.6
Nose: Butterscotch and vanilla bean. Golden-brown sugar and pound cake. Sage and basil highlights framed with a crouton like toast.
Palate: Nestled in a gentle frame of Asian spice and oak streaks. Golden raisin and minty highlights. Ginger is accompanied by the repeat of butterscotch and cereal notes.
Finish: Some hints of the Asian spice that lingers and build complexity.
Comment: Aromas do not get too revved up, but the taste certainly delivers on its promise.
Susan Reigler – 7.7
Nose: Apple and other cereal grains. Overall light, but there are tiny hints of several flavor elements at play here.
Palate: Quite malty. Tastes like a light-bodied Scotch, or perhaps Irish whiskey. Notes of baked apple with custard.
Finish: Vanilla and fruit begin the finish, which lingers with notable warmth before drying to oak tannins and spice.
Comment: A sippable blended whiskey that benefits from an ice cube to release more of the apple notes.
Brewers Batch Virginia Highlands Whiskey
Peggy Noe Stevens – 7.6
Nose: Bouquet of citrus and lavender. Sweetness of cane sugar and honey. Grits and granola that are airy and gentle.
Palate: Easy going and nice harmony of subtle flavors. Ginger and white grapes with honey and citrus. Celery seed and faint mint and nutmeg. Almond butter.
Finish: Subtle complexity and bone dry on the finish in a very congenial way.
Comment: Nice tension of light flavors that blend. Splash of ginger ale would be appropriate with this whiskey.
Susan Reigler – 7.3
Nose: There’s corn and malt and some very subtle, sweet wood smoke throughout.
Palate: Absolutely dominated by corn and malt with some underlying sugar.
Finish: Dry and malty. Lingers for a bit and then simply vanishes.
Comment: A devotee of light-bodied, blended Scotch will probably find this quite pleasant. But if you are looking for complexity, perhaps sip elsewhere.
Still & Oak Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Great Lakes Distillery
Peggy Noe Stevens – 8.2
Nose: Wood sugar and light brown caramel. Cornmeal. Fruit cake and milk chocolate. Granola bar with honey. Floral lavender, rose water, licorice and anise.
Palate: Milk chocolate, corn and simple syrup. Soft Asian spice. Cherry picks it up after a splash of water. Toasty notes.
Finish: Subtle background of apples and herbal notes show some complexity. Fresh leathery finish.
Comment: Approachable and attractive. Easy going and cocktail ready.
Susan Reigler – 8.0
Nose: Roasted corn, banana and cinnamon. Caramel that lends heft without overbalancing.
Palate: Crème Brûlée and baking spices with stone fruit and brown sugar. It’s not especially complex, but has all the elements of a good bourbon, balancing vanilla, fruit, and spice.
Finish: The vanilla hangs on, before the spice and oak start to take charge.
Comment: Very good bourbon on its own, but could certainly play well with others ingredients in a classic cocktail.
St. Augustine Distillery
Port Finished Bourbon
St. Augustine Distillery
Peggy Noe Stevens – 8.4
Nose: Cherry and dark leather. Caramel reaches out and is surrounded by some herbal tea and woody notes.
Palate: Bready and black walnut on first sip, then subtle white pepper and oregano. Framed and structured with toasty flavors.
Finish: Long pepper on the finish that lingers and sweetens on the center of the tongue.
Comment: Flirts with some decadence of the cherry and dark leather. Would make a seriously good Manhattan.
Susan Reigler – 8.2
Nose: Roasted corn with lots of spicy oak. Stewed fruit and some baking spices follow.
Palate: Stewed fruit on the palate with saddle leather and pecans. A couple of drops of water releases sweet baking spices but seems to minimize the fruit.
Finish: Oak on the finish, starting at the back of the tongue and drying to a clean ending with no bitterness.
Comment: On balance, this benefits from a little water and provides some solid sipping pleasure.