The Schtick: This was a blind sample that was sent to me. I reviewed it live on the Whiskey Network Discord server, then got the reveal in order to fill in relevant details here.
This is the 5th day in the Craft Whisky Crackdown.
Rye Royal 20yr is a now discontinued Pennsylvania rye that was produced many years ago. This one was sort of a goof, ending up in the craft crack down. I assumed because I had not heard of this brand before that it was a craft producer, but what a fool I am. Turns out that nobody, at least that I could find, has any idea where this was distilled and then it ended up in Japan. Do you know? Please tell me. Definitely craft hits again for real tomorrow, then the real show begins (terrapure, anyone?)
Bottler: Frank-Lin Distillers Products
ABV: 50.5% ABV
Age: 20 Years
Nose: Caramel, vanilla, clove, waffles, faint fruit
Taste: Thin/medium, heat, caramel, vanilla, cocoa, fruity
Finish: Short, mild fruit, cotton candy, vanilla, clove, pepper, banana taffy
Guess/Overall: Good, but not great. Banana laffy taffy on the finish was interesting. Guessing a Brown Forman rye, 4-7 years, 45% ABV
Reveal: Rye Royal 20yr. Wow, this was really interesting. Wasn’t over oaked. I’m surprised it wasn’t Canadian distilled, given how subtle everything was at 20 years old. Super fun, either way.
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