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J.P Wiser's Double Still Rye

Surprisingly different

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@OdysseusUnboundReview by @OdysseusUnbound

1st Sep 2017

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I bought this bottle on a whim when I went camping with my family in early July. I wanted a change from the standard cheap rye I usually buy for my rye & gingers. I found this wallet-friendly whisky much better than expected.

Tasting notes

  • Nose: somewhat bitter, grapefruit pith, the rye is present but doesn't dominate, some oak notes
  • Palate: peppery, somewhat briny (kind of like dill pickles, but not exactly), nutty notes, very sweet and sour/umami
  • Finish: short to medium length, rye returning, more nuttiness, peppery, slight hints of pickled ginger

I think this will be a mainstay of my liquor cabinet. It's inexpensive, bottled at a decent strength, works neat, on the rocks or in a cocktail (it really shines in a Manhattan). Perhaps I'm rating it this high because I wasn't expecting much. Well done, Wiser's.

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8 comments

@Victor
Victor commented

I am looking forward to getting a taste of this one, though I am always put off by the words 'bitter' and 'grapefruit-pith' when used to describe rye whisky.

2 years ago 0

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

@Victor I understand and I'd normally agree, but it really works here, imho. It's not very bitter on the palate, though.

2 years ago 0

@Frost
Frost commented

@OdysseusUnbound good review, I'll see if I can find it here. THere are J.P.Wiser bottles hitting local stores here.

I am on the same page as you @Victor's, the words "bitter" make me recoil...however, your reply is noted @OdysseusUnbound and I'll keep my mind open

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

@Frost The bitter/grapefruit notes are entirely on the nose. None of that on the palate or the finish. It works neat, but I don't feel it's best that way. It's really good in an Old Fashioned or a Manhattan.

2 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@Victor, this could stand a few more seasons in a barrel for rounding. A good whisky now and possibly a great whisky if it was barrel finished (or further aged) after blending.

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

@paddockjudge I've often wondered if many Canadian whiskies would be better if they were aged (or double matured) after blending. I'm not really in a position to comment though, as I've only become familiar with better Canadian whiskies in the last 6-9 months.

2 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@OdysseusUnbound,

John K Hall did barrel finishing after blending. Each distilled grain was allowed to mature on its own before being blended. Many of Hall's Special Releases were fantastic! I continue to enjoy them.

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@OdysseusUnbound,

some kind of shadow/duplicate post going on here...it happens from time to time. I adjusted it.

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

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