Review #362 – Roknar Estate Rye
Whiskey Network Review #362 | /r/Bourbon Review #201 – Roknar Estate Rye , 92pf | 46% ABV
“The exhilarating goal at Far North Spirits is to make Minnesota a leader in the production of rye grain and world-class rye whiskey.
A true field-to-glass whiskey from the Nordic reaches of that state, Roknar \ROCK-ner\ is the soft-spoken freshman athlete already too good for the varsity.
Born of non-GMO AC Hazlet Winter Rye and Minnesota 13 Heirloom Corn planted and harvested by head distiller Michael Swanson, Roknar is milled, fermented and distilled in very small batches.Each batch is proofed upon bottling to give the whiskey the proof it deserves.”
Honest, candid disclosure? or a pile of marketing manure? Let’s find out.
Distiller: Far North Spirit’s
Mash: AC Harvest Winter Rye, Minnesota 13 Heirloom Corn (Proportions not disclosed, although rye content must be >= 51%)
ABV: 46% ABV | 92pf
Age: 1 yr
Maturation: 1 year 15 gallon oak casks, Finished in Cognac casks.
Source: Bottle, purchased.
Nose: Very sweet, almost cloying. Huge vanilla, grainy sweetness, simple syrup almost. Some earthy youthfulness, it’s definitely “green” and has some of that wet cardboard smell that I attribute to young rye.
Taste: Sweet, thin mouthfeel, some astringency. Very, very sweet. The cognac influence here is very strong. It’s jammy, fruity, sweet and there’s little clove, oak or spice to balance it out.
Finish: Short, hot, some astringency. Sweet, so sweet and a good deal of heat.
Overall: I thought maybe this would really have improved with air (at the bottom on my third of a bottle split with pals) and while it’s calmed down in the heat department, it’s just so sickly sweet it really doesn’t matter. I’m not going to write off Far North entirely, but I don’t consider this good whiskey. At only a year old though, I didn’t have insane expectations. Hopefully they can bounce back with some more age. Rank 3.
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