DISCLAIMER: The Sample for this review was provided by the manufacturer. All ideas and opinions in this post are entirely my own. I do not accept any money for these reviews.
Color: Yellow Gold
Nose: Caramel, Vanilla, Oak, Pepper, Fruit
Taste: Caramel, Peppery Rye Spice, Malt, Oak, and Citrus
Finish: Long finish with a heavy hit of pepper and oak
Rick- Likes it, but has nothing to compare it to for a rating.
Thanks to Jim and the fine folks at Bozeman Spirits for this bottle! I really enjoyed this one. It isn’t bourbon or scotch, it’s Montana whiskey. According to Jim, their 1889 whiskey is a blend of a 6-7 year old whiskey made in Indiana with a whiskey they have distilled on site, barreled and aged. Bozeman Spirits’s mash bill is corn, montana malted barley and montana rye. They then do a few other processes (deliberately vague here) and then it is blended into a 300 gallon tank. The finished whiskey blend is run back through a distillation process in their Arnold Holstein still. The whiskey is then proofed down to 90 proof and bottled! The final product is outstanding!
The nose has a heavy hit of caramel. I’d have to say it is predominant. The other aromas hang out in the shadows and really have to be looked for. I was a little worried that this was so caramel forward. I pictured something like a Brach’s caramel chew in liquid form. Please don’t misunderstand though, it really does smell wonderful, just not what I have come to expect from whiskey. My experience with American Whiskey, which is how I would classify this, is limited at best. I have had a few bottles here and there that are just labeled whiskey, some good most bad. That wasn’t the case with this one though.
This whiskey starts out sweet, but it isn’t as sweet as I had anticipated. The caramel on the tongue is quite nice and the other flavors that were not as predominant are now right there giving this a nice mouth feel. The spicy Rye really comes forward on the tongue giving this a nice all around taste. I found that the differences this whiskey brings to the table are what makes it stand out.
The finish is long and full of that spicy rye that makes it really bite the back of the throat. It wasn’t to spicy though, just enough to let you know that it is there. The oak seems to help settle it and make it one of the best American whiskeys I have had to date.This is usually where I end with a recomendation, but not this time.
My wife sometimes joins Rick and I when we drink, only she can’t stand whiskey. For her it’s rum. While we were talking about this she asked to smell it, this isn’t anything new, she does it quite often. More times than not this ends with her making a stink face and handing it back. She took one sniff and downed the contents of the glass. I was stunned! When she uttered her next sentence I almost hit the floor. Her exact words, “That’s good!” Now please don’t think for a moment that this tastes anything like rum, or is as smooth as rum, because it’s not. This is whiskey through and through, she says that she liked the caramel and pepper. I can’t give it any higher praise than that.
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Until Next Time,