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Dry Fly Straight Triticale Whiskey

Different From Wheat, Different From Rye

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@VictorReview by @Victor

9th Nov 2018


Dry Fly Straight Triticale Whiskey
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
  • Overall

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  • Brand: Dry Fly
  • ABV: 44%
  • Batch: TM25 10/05/15

My deep thanks I give to @bwmccoy for the reviewed bottle. The bottle has been open for 17 days and is 90% full. Triticale is a hybrid of wheat and rye developed in Scotland and Germany in the 19th Century. The reviewed bottle carries No Age Statement but the US designation "straight" implies that the whiskey was matured for at least 2 years. Other releases of Dry Fly Straight Triticale Whiskey contain 3 year age statements and are bottled at 45% ABV

Dry Fly Distillery is located in Spokane, in the State of Washington. Why Triticale whiskey in Spokane Washington? According to The Spokane Whiskey Club Dry Fly Distilling told them that rye grain does not grow very well in the Spokane area, but that Triticale grain does grow very well there


Dry Fly Straight Triticale Whiskey is reported to be produced from 100% Triticale. No mention is made of malting the Triticale, so I assume that exogenous commercial enzymes were used in the production process

Body: silky, buttery

Nose: gentle aroma of dark fruits suggesting blackberries, currants, and grapes, together with a hint of the bouquet of carnations. Some ripe peach. There is also nuttiness here suggesting almonds and hazelnuts. This is very pleasant and somewhat unusual. The nearest comparison I would make for this nose would be standard Lot 40 Canadian 100% Rye Whisky. There is a little black pepper spice in the nose, but it takes the back seat. Wood influence is very light. The pitches are high and delicate. Yes, this is a rather delicate nose, but it is pretty. Overall this is rather sweet, almost saccharin. Water added raises the pitch, bundles the flavours, increases the sweetness, and lowers the complexity. This remains pretty with water added, but becomes simplistic. Score: 21.5/25 neat and with water added

Taste: the intensity of flavour is much greater on the delivery than it is in the nose. The fruit from the nose is very prominent on the delivery, emphasizing the currant fraction. Black pepper is very strong on the delivery. Other spices? There is maybe a little fiery ginger and a touch of Allspice. The delivery is very sweet, but that sweetness is very well balanced by the very strong spice and the fruity-floral elements. The high-pitched nose sweetness is joined in the mouth by something base-pitched, tasting almost like molasses. The nuttiness from the nose also translates to the palate. This is a very attractive palate. With water added complexity is lost while the flavours are bundled together. Score: 23/25 neat; 20/25 with water added

Finish: very strong flavours persist for a very long finish, ending on black pepper. Even at 44% ABV the tongue is a-quiver with the intensity of the black pepper on the finish. The sweetness tapers down to almost nil by the death. With water added, complexity is lost. Score: 21/25 neat; 20/25 with water

Balance: there is good balance in the nose, despite the sweetness. The balance is excellent on delivery, good for most of the finish, until ending on a peppery one-note. Score: 21/25 neat; 20/25 with water

Total Sequential Score: 86.5 neat; 81.5 with water added


Strength: early-moderate strength in the nose; very strong flavours thereafter. Score: 23/25

Quality: interesting pleasant grain flavours; not much from the wood, maybe some of that molasses, and some of the sweetness. Score: 22/25

Variety: excellent variety in the nose and on the delivery, fair variety on the close. Score: 22/25

Harmony: good on the nose, excellent on delivery, fair to good on the finish Score: 21/25

Total Non-Sequential Score: 88 points


Comment: it is always a treat to have the experience of trying something genuinely new. Dry Fly Distillery claims, accurately, I think, that this is the first straight triticale whiskey on the market. Much has been made of comparisons to the flavours of wheat and rye of which triticale is a hybrid. How do I find the influence of wheat and rye here? I'd say about 80-20 rye to wheat is the style influence here. Both the dark fruitiness and the spice are quite similar to, though remaining slightly different from, typical rye influence. The sweetness present until the death is far more characteristic of wheat grain, but that is about all the wheat influence I can find. This doesn't taste like wheat at all. I consider the Dry Fly Triticale Whiskey flavour profile to be most easily understood as a relative within the rye family, than as a 50-50 hybrid of wheat and rye. Rye is the dominant grain flavour in this hybrid, just as rye dominates any other grain with which it combines itself in equal measure. For yet another rye-flavours relative try also the Quinoa Whiskey from Corsair

Dry Fly Straight Triticale Whiskey has strong, mostly attractive, and well-delineated flavours, but it lacks balance in the nose and on the finish. The nose remains attractive, despite the strong sweet emphasis, while the delivery is just dynamite! Get yourself a taste of this very interesting whiskey


archivist commented

Pretty spot on review, thank you @Victor for writing it. I took the plunge (OK, it's not a deep plunge but still) to buy this after learning more via @bwmccoy too. The nose is full of dark fruit (I get heaps and heaps of currants and cherries) though I don't get the nuttiness you did - instead I get just a tinge of butterscotch. I haven't had the bottle open for long, but it has been a nice go to for after work when I get home. It's complex enough for me that I do get something a bit different each time (all good) and I want more of it. I poured a dram for a friend who isn't much of a whiskey drinker, and she enjoyed it - so it was rather approachable and didn't scare her off. I know this will be in rotation in the house and a bottle I will buy in the future.

5 years ago 2Who liked this?

RianC commented

Nice review @Victor . I'd never even heard of triticale grain before! Definitely one I'd like to try. The nearest I've come to anything like this was when I tried Koval's millet, oat and rye whiskys - the millet was like nothing I'd tasted or smelled before.

5 years ago 2Who liked this?

Robert99 commented

It would be very interesting to see if it reacts to air more like wheat or more like rye. I have looked that one very often but had always choose to pick another one but your description of it convince me I would like it. Thanks for a very thorough and comprehensive review

5 years ago 0

Victor commented

Last night and right now I have had and am having some more of the Dry Fly Triticale Whiskey. 4 1/2 months of air time has been great for this whiskey. The nose is now very intensely floral and perfumed, which I like, but with a sharp peppery edge. The palate is now very piquante-spicy on the palate with a very sharp spicy and fruity edge. I love it. At this point in the air-effects evolution of this bottle I would score this whiskey a full 90 points. The flavour density is quite intense, which I love. @Robert99, this responds to air exposure more like rye does than like wheat does, which does not surprise me, since rye generally dominates everything it touches. Thank you again, @bwmccoy, for this lovely 375 ml worth. I now count myself a full-on fan of Dry Fly Triticale Whiskey!

5 years ago 1Who liked this?

archivist commented

@Victor totally agree with you - in the very short time I've had the Dry Fly, it gets better and better and has opened up even more... when I let this whiskey sit in my glass for awhile and sip, sip, sip, the initial nose and flavors I get have matured and deepened. This is a great whiskey, and I'm having trouble finding it now in the San Francisco Bay Area - it used to sometimes be marked off for clearance sale and was plentiful -- I'm guessing Marketing must be doing their job as now I ask for it and it's often sold out. Really nice gem of a dram.

5 years ago 1Who liked this?

Victor commented

@archivist, thanks for joining in. If you like this type of flavour profile and would like to try yet another unusual offering, by all means see if you can find a bottle of Corsair Quinoa Whiskey. Quinoa is one more grain/"pseudo-grain" which has characteristics different from, but in the same general family as Rye grain.

Here's some reading if you are interested:


I might add that that bottle of Quinoa whiskey has been very well received when we have taken it on the road for others to try.

5 years ago 1Who liked this?

archivist commented

@Victor thanks for the tip! I will see if I can find Corsair Quinoa here. I've never tried any of Corsair's offerings, but have been curious. My local bottle shop carries their Triple Smoke, but have not had an opportunity to try it.

5 years ago 0

bwmccoy commented

@Victor - Glad to hear that you enjoyed this one. For some unknown reason, I haven't rated any of the bottles that I have previously owned, but I totally agree with your rating. Thanks for taking the time to review it!

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