Review #606. Old Potrero KL Chardonnay Single Barrel Straight Malt Rye Whiskey Ethanized Mystery 2

Review #606 | /r/Bourbon Review #355 – Old Potrero “K&L Exclusive” Single Chardonnay Barrel Straight Malt Rye Whiskey

The Schtick: This was a mystery sample sent to me by /u/ethanized. I tasted it, took notes, and then messaged them to him for reveal. I got a little caught up in trying to guess and forgot to think of a 1-10 score, so for these I decided to simplify things into one of five categories:

  1. Garbage
  2. Sort of Garbage
  3. Good
  4. Really Good
  5. Awesome

Distiller: Anchor Distillery

Bottler: Anchor Distillery

ABV: 55.3% ABV

Age: NAS

Source: Sample


Nose: Green craft make notes. Pine, wet cardboard. Caramel, toffee. This is definitely not scotch. Unmistakably young, green, and loaded with craft American Whiskey notes.

Taste: Green craft notes. Piney, juniper, almost a gaint gin profile. Heat – it’s hot. Thicker fruity, some overripe syrupy citrus fruits. If it’s not american whiskey it’s gotta be a weird fuckin rum.

Finish: Surprisingly long but still loaded with crafty notes – pine, crafty wet wood + cardboard. Unpleasant.

Overall: This is weird. My guess is that it is Fuckery bottled at 45% – 50% ABV. That’s really the best I got. It’s gotta be something craft, but the new make notes are so powerful they cover up a lot of the character. It bad.

Reveal: Old Potrero “K&L Exclusive” Single Chardonnay Barrel Straight Malt Rye Whiskey. This was a fairly big whiff for me. I was off on the ABV by 5.3% which speaks some positivity to the dram, but that’s the best I got.

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Rank: Sort of Garbage

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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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