The Schtick: This is a Total Wine house brand that is sourced from TerraPURE in the Carolinas – a company that “hyper ages” distills products by attempting to age them faster than conventionally possible using a proprietary method. They claim that this process will revolutionize the industry by providing producers with products that are comparable to well aged bourbons and ryes, in just a fraction of that time. Let’s see how it is.
Hayes Parker is a bourbon that carries an age statement of 6 months and is bottled at 45% ABV
Bottler: TerraPURE for Total Wine
ABV: 45% ABV
Age: 6 Months
Nose: Wet cardboard, vanilla, wet wood, grass, dirt, mold
Taste: Sickeningly sweet, musty, craft, wet cardboard, lactic vomit
Finish: Nonexistent, hot, rough, sickeningly sweet, musty
Overall: This is the bottom of the proverbial barrel. It is revolting. This is so much worse than just about any other craft spirit I’ve tried, save for unlucky few.
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Other entries in the Craft Whiskey Crackdown:
- Day 1: Big House Bourbon 6yr
- Day 2: Kings County Bourbon Whiskey
- Day 3: Johnny Drum Private Stock
- Day 4: John J Bowman Single Barrel
- Day 5: Big Bottom Distilling 3yr
- Day 6: Copper Pony Rye