July 21, 2015

The Angel Barrel, Part 2 - Guest Review by Jake Cahill of The Natural Wine Company

The story started yesterday when we detailed the long strange trip to owning our own barrel of rye whiskey. Here is our first guest review, from our buddy Jake Cahill of The Natural Wine Company.


Jake's enthusiasm for whiskey and life is contagious. Jake is at The Natural Wine Company in Brooklyn, a righteous purveyor of small batch, farm to table, and organic wines and spirits. He started out working at our favorite bar, Pour Mt Kisco for Anthony Colasacco. (If you go to Pour and Anthony woke up on the right side of the bed that day, you may be able to score a glass of SmokyBeast Old Scout Rye). Jake has an awesome instagram page about spirits, he travels the world meeting distillers and tasting new things. His only regret: being rejected from American Ninja Warrior.

Here is Jake's review:

Holy SmokyBeast!

Holy SmokyBeast this is good! @smoothambler Has been bottling some amazing bourbons and ryes for a few years now. They are also distilling their own stuff that is currently aging or being experimented with. But what's really cool is their private barrel program. If you don't know what that is, just ask and I will explain. This barrel pick was for the awesome husband and wife team over at the Smoky Beast blog. One of my favorites to read.

Like bungee jumping

This 8 year old straight rye was bottled at a nose hair decimating 128.2 proof!! o) ;) !) That's 64.1% ABV!! But it's beautiful! To bottle a whiskey at that high of a proof and have it be as tasty and well balanced as this is just pure artistry.

Spearmint and fennel seed start the show followed by some brown sugar and Carmel popcorn. The finish is dry and Looongg with the mint coming back to round things off. This whiskey is not for the faint of heart but so damn delicious if you dare to take it on.

It's like bungee jumping. You don't understand why the hell anyone would do it, until you actually try it. It's not like you'll be able to find any though. I believe less than 60 bottles were attained from that barrel.

Thanks Jake!

Read another SmokyBeast Rye Barrel 1 Review!

 Cheers! /SB

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