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Intro: San Francisco's Anchor Brewing Company also operates Anchor Distilling Company, which produces three Old Potrero Rye Whiskeys, each made from 100% malted rye. The Old Potrero 18th Century Style Whiskey attempts to recreate the style and taste of the whiskeys made and consumed in America in the late 18th century. At the time of his death in 1799 George Washington's Mount Vernon rye whiskey distillery was one of the most commercially successful distilleries in the US. Anchor Distilling's Old Potrero 18th C. Style Whiskey combines 2 batches of whiskey, each of which is aged between 2 and 4 years in new lightly toasted, but not charred, oak barrels. The whiskey is sold at barrel proof. This sample is @ 63.64% ABV (127.28 proof)
Nose: When the bottle was first opened the nose was like funky rotting grain in a barn. After the bottle was opened for 3 weeks the nose shifted to pleasant ripe grain with hints of rye spice, a little medicinal odour, and maple sugar.
Taste: Extremely intense rye spices with a bit of a sour and sweet alternation of flavours. The taste buds sizzle and pop with pepper, wood sweetness, and alcohol astringency.
Finish: Long intense rye flavours simmering on the tongue forever.
Balance: This is an experienced drinker's drink. I prefer to drink this neat, even though the company suggests adding water or ice. The more I drink this the more I love it. The flavours are astonishingly intense. Jim Murray's 2011 Whisky Bible comments on this: "...After tasting this I need to lie down somewhere and rest. Because so few whiskeys in the world are half as big as this, or more fun. Forget about descriptors; this one writes its own book." Jim: AMEN!