Review #1372 – Carriage House Apple Brandy Barrel 79 Loch & Key Selection

The Schtick: This is a somewhat cryptic Apple Brandy produced by Carolina Distillers, yielding a cask chosen by Julio’s Loch & Key in MA. This was tasted blind, and upon givng my notes, I was given the reveal. Let’s see how it is.


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Distiller: Carolina Distillery

Bottler: Carolina Distiller

Brand: Carolina Distillery

Selection: Loch & Key

ABV: 44.5% ABV

Age: NAS


Nose: Hot buttered rum, toffee, fresh pralines, toffee. I said toffee twice and I know it. Super sweet, all in the oak, molasses, maple syrup and toffee manner. Lots of pralines as well.

Taste: Really sweet again. Root beer barrels meets cocoa meets Werthers caramel candies. No heat. The sweetness isn’t syrupy which is shocking to me. Mouth feel is medium-.

Finish: Short, sweet again. Loads of sweetness. Pepper, tobacco, sweet fruits and toffee.

Overall: Wild how sweet this is without it being like candy. Maybe a wine finished rum, or a rum finished something else. I don’t know what to make of it, but it’s rummy all throughout.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6


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Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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