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Old Potrero 18th Century Style Rye Spirit

Old Potrero 18th Century Style Spirit Single Malt.Old Potrero 18th Century Rye Spirit

Distiller: Anchor Distilling Co, San Francisco.
Brand: Old Potrero 18th Century Style Spirit
Proof: 102.4
Age: 2 years 6 months
Label Notes: pot-distilled spirit produced from 100% rye malt mash & aged 2 years 6 months in uncharred oak barrels.

 Color: light wheat

Nose: raisin bran cereal (minus the raisins), whole grain bread, like walking through a hay field.

Palate: It's got a nice rye spice pop at the beginning that dissipates quickly. Toasted bread dominates, a hint of sweet red apple, some cinnamon, black pepper. Slight citrusy acidity.

Finish: It has a nice long finish, the flavors dance around between the black pepper, citrus, and toasted bread. Long after the last sip I am still getting a bit of coffee and raisin.

Overall: I'm pleasantly surprised! This is good! I feel like you can taste it's youth, but it's ok because there's enough complexity there to shine through. I thought it would be less sweet than my usual bourbon whiskies, and it is. But I also thought it would be much more tannin-y from the uncharred oak, but I don't get that at all.

As a bourbon lover, the first thing I thought of to compare it to was Woodford's Chocolate Malted Rye - which is of course a bourbon, but the rye component of that bourbon is heavily malted, bringing out chocolate flavors. This is not that. There's not a drop of chocolate in the Old Portrero, but it brings it's own enjoyable flavors to the party.

Also, if you saw the words "single malt" on the label and though this might taste like a Scotch or Irish whiskey I'm afraid you'd be sorely disappointed. This is it's own category.

The definition of malt whiskey varies according to location, but Scotch and Irish whiskies for example, are both made from 100% malted barley. They also must be pot-distilled and aged for 3 years or more in new or used oak. This isn't that. No barley at all! Not quite 3 years old either.

Rye whiskey is made from at least 51% rye, and usually the remainder is made up of corn and malted barley. Nope, this isn't that. Not only is this 100% rye, it's 100% malted rye which totally changes the game.

This is a rye malt whiskey, made from 100% malted rye - so clearly we're dealing with something completely different here. According the the label, it's aged in un-charred oak barrels.  But according to the distiller's website, the barrels are lightly toasted.

Rating: 6*
*if you only drink bourbon, change this to a 1. You won't like it. If you like to branch out and enjoy different spirits, you're good to go with this one.

Rating Overview:
1: Gross I can't even drink this crap.
2: Poor I would force this down in good company
3: Bad I wouldn't have to force it down, but it's not good either.
4: Not Bad But still not good.
5: Just OK Average.
6: Good Above average, but not special.
7: Very Good Well above average.
8: Excellent This is a favorite of mine for sure.
9. Amazing I would bathe in this if I could afford to.
10. Life Altering Nothing could be better than this.

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