DISCLAIMER: The Sample for this review was provided by the distiller. All ideas and opinions in this post are entirely my own. I do not accept any money for these reviews.
Color: Copper with a Red tint
Nose: Pear, Honey, Cedar, Orange Zest, Vanilla
Taste: Malted Vanilla, Orange, Honey, Caramel, Spice, and Oak
Finish: Long Pepper Finish
Todays’ bottle comes from Manatawny Still Works out of Pottstown, Pennsylvania. The name Manatawny comes from the Lenape Indians word “Man’en’tau’wata’wik”, which means, “the place we meet to drink,” Manatawny Still Works is a relatively new distillery, I can’t find an exact date, but this video, shows them building in November of 2013. Batch #3, the bottle I have the pleasure of trying today was barreled 06/19/14, and bottled 05/01/15. It has a mash bill of 80% Munich Malt and 20% Pale Malt. It is aged in A 30 Gallon Honeycomb Barrel with a #3 char. I was unsure what honeycomb barrels were, so after some research, I found this from Black Swan Cooperage. Seems to be the same basic principle as whiskey sticks. I like the amount of information this distiller puts on their labels. There is no question what you are drinking, how long it was barreled, and the proof at all stages.
This is labeled as an American Whiskey, but in my opinion is more reminiscent of a Highland Scotch.It isn’t exact , but it is close. I’ve had a few american malts, but most fall short of my ideals. Although, there has been the odd exception. This is quite good. It has a nose that is a bit difficult to pin down, it seems to hit all at once and is difficult to differentiate. Small quick nosing seems to help though. The Pear, Orange Zest, and Honey all melt together. The Cedar and vanilla are the easiest to pick out.
The first sip is malted vanilla sweetness, citrus, and honey right off the bat. Followed closely by a nice spicy note then the oak. The caramel seems to hang out around the edge. For such a young whiskey, this is very well balanced. It doesn’t have any trace of that New Make yeastiness or tang. It works well with the palette and keeps you ready for the next swallow.
The finish is a tad hot, but has a nice spiciness to it that lingers nicely. It is really smooth with just the slightest bite. It warms all the way down to the stomach and radiates the warmth throughout the body.
This is going to be another distiller to watch, they are already on the right track with this. I am going to have to put them on my wishlist. I’d definitely go out of my way to hunt this bottle down. I am looking forward to their future releases. I’d also like to see a cask strength, which I hear is a possibility, and a bit more of time in the barrel.
I welcome your thoughts and opinions. Review suggestions are welcome.
Until Next Time,