Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Honest McGee's batch 1+2 review
There's a new NYC whisky blender in town and Keith Allison has two batches in the making! Honest McGee is a blended American whisky, which consist of Rittenhouse (rye), Ancient Ancient Age(bourbon), and Elmer T. Lee(bourbon).
The first batch was finished in an Amontillado sherry cask (right after the wine). Barreled in 8/09 and bottled on 10/09.
The second batch was a refill of the same cherry cask and was barreled in 12/09 and bottled on 3/10. The ABV is unknown, but I have some tasting notes for both of the batches.
Color- Deep, rich, dark caramel
Nose-pure sweetness of honey, caramel, vanilla, and sherbert
Palate-Creme Brulee and sweet chocolate
When I added a little room temperature distilled water to the whisky, the nose on it became like creamy berries and then tasted much calmer. This quick finish was smooth and silky.
Color-The same deep rich color
Nose-Burnt citrus, raisins, brown sugar, molasses,honey, and vanilla
Palate-Soft, silky,smooth,mellow,blueberries,cranberries,and with a medium very tarty raspberry finish
Batch2(room temp distilled water):
May I say that this blended whisky delighted my senses even more when the water was added!
Nose-Spicy, red peppers, light hickory
Palate-Very citrus'y(orange) with a light heat to the finish...interesting
Batch2(1 ice cube):
Nose: Buttery and sugary
Palate:Syrupy, lighter with the citrus, and a sweet short finish
Honest McGee is a great American blended whisky that has a lot to offer. The different dynamics it brings when you drink it neat, chilled or just a few drops of water will satisfy almost any blended whisky drinker's palate.
Honest McGee is also great with any whisky based cocktail that involves it being served on the rocks such as a Mint Julep. Honest McGee's is an easy to drink spirit and will go down deliciously on these upcoming hot sizzling days/nights!
**Photo credit:Ellie Tam