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- Brand: Reservoir
- ABV: 50%
- Batch: 2016 Batch 7
So Reservoir is distilled in Virginia, by a guy called Dave Cuttino, using a pot still designed for Armagnac. Like many non-Kentucky craft whiskeys it's aged in smaller barrels. In this case with a heavy alligator char.
This is 100% rye.
Colour on this rye is very dark. Deep rusty red.
Nose is probably the most enjoyable aspect of this whiskey. Candy sugar, black pepper, deep rich caramels, toffee, red fruits, little herbal, spice, oak, cinnamon, five spice. The candy sugar sweetness reminds me of the current Bulleit, which I love. Nose has deeper caramel elements I would associate with a rye bourbon.
However, on the taste it's big spicy, peppery rye, with herbal, oak, and astringent wood notes, and red fruits. Fruit, spice and oak wood, barrel char, with the caramels and sugars taking a bit more of a back seat, but slowly seeping through. Big and flavourful and nicely balanced.
Finish is peppery spice.
This is a really nicely distinctive rye, with a unique flavour profile. Definitely one of the better non-Kentucky ryes I've had.