Copper Fox Rye Whiskey by Wasmund’s
2/3 rye, 1/3 malted barley smoke-dried over applewood and cherrywood smoke and aged in used bourbon barrels. Sound interesting enough for you? It should be. Complex, artisan rye whiskey. If you see it — grab it. $38
Bushmills Irish Whiskey Canbys by Shwood
Reclaimed Bushmills Irish Whiskey barrels make for some pretty awesome limited edition shades. $225
A bourbon drinker’s recurrent nightmare.
White Dog Mash #1 by Buffalo Trace Distillery
This is a must-buy for someone who wants to expand their bourbon knowledge. Buffalo Trace’s White Dog is straight from the still and bottled at 125 proof. It uses the same mashbill (corn, rye, malted barley) as their Buffalo Trace Bourbon, and thus presents you with the rare opportunity to drink one next to the other for comparison.
On the nose, White Dog is undoubtedly a corn whiskey, but hints of rye and spice follow close behind. The sweetness of the corn hits the palate first, but it is not strong enough to overcome the subtle nuances of the sour rye, spices, and malted barley that hit the palate through the finish. This whiskey is surprisingly smooth. You would think at 125 proof the heat would be thoroughly present up front, but the burn manages to stick to the chest leaving you with a warming sensation.
Pour yourself a short glass of White Dog and a glass of Buffalo Trace Bourbon and you will have before you a lesson in bourbon distilling and aging. Smell and taste the White Dog and take a few notes, then do the same with the bourbon. You should be able to highlight the differences and deduce which flavors came from the mash and which came from barrel-aging. Hopefully you will come away a little more knowledgeable, and with a greater appreciation for the art of distilling and aging whiskey.