The whisk(e)y industry is constantly changing. Tastes evolve, ingredients can grow scarce, conglomerations take over small distillers. So I found it fascinating when a distiller continues to buck trends.
Take Anchor Distilling, for example. Credited by some as having created the first craft whiskey in Old Potrero, Ancho has somewhat bucked the trend of distillery takeovers, by going down the path of full independence. It should be an exciting time, if the Single Malt Rye (48.5% ABV, $70) and the 18th Century Style Whiskey (51.2% ABV, $65) are any indication.
The rye is my favorite of the two. Aged in new handmade oak barrels, it has a funky nose of pine trees, soft candies, and cinnamon. The palate is quite complex. Rye spice and oak to be sure, but also a bt of medium roast coffee, peasant loaf bread, and just made caramel. The finish is a bit abrupt for my taste and veers towards the medicinal at the backend. I've enjoyed some terrific Manhattans with this, but it's solid all on its own.
The 18th Century Style is quite unlike any whiskey I've ever had. There's absolute sawdust in the nose, along with a hint of marzipan, lemon frosting, and rich cocoa. The palate was intiially all dust and raw spice, but a pleasant rye bread note soon emerged, along with garden mint and Cadbury's chocolate. The finish was longer than I expected and very nicely brought the fresh bakery bread back to the fore.
These were the first Old Potrero's I've tried and, as I said, I think the rye is the standout. I'm quite curious as to what the future and full independence will bring. For now, I'll wish you all a happy Friday. Cheers, friends! - TM #kanpai #whisky #whiskey #whiskygram #whiskeygram #whiskycollection #americanwhiskey #instadram #instawhisky #instawhiskey #dram #drinkstagram #drinks #booze #rye #ryewhisky #ryewhiskey #booze #alcohol #hooch #cheers #slainte #oldpotrero