Thursday, September 29, 2022

Review: Red Brick Single Barrel Barrel Strength (Batch 15 Barrel 7)

 Color (5%):  Deep tarnished copper, light kiss of ruby red. 5/5

Nose (10%): Roasted coffee beans. brown sugar. nice bit of punch 8/10

Palate (20%):  light maple syrup at the start, rich roasted barley at the mid-palate ending with lovely roasty notes of coffee, chocolate, and light spice. 17/20

Finish (10%): rich lingering 50% cocoa chocolate. Barrel strength brings the heat, but not as bad as any other barrel strength I've had to date. 7/10

Overall Impression and Harmony (30%): That first sip will always have a kick, but you get used to it pretty quickly. by the third sip this was easy, and that can be dangerous. Eventually, that sweet start really hooks you and that long roasty finish is certainly something to savor. 27/30

Retry on Ice (25%): Jesus, coffee, so much coffee. not brewed coffee but coffee beans or over-concentrated cold brew. chocolate-covered coffee beans. very low cream / vanilla. bitter. movie theatre raisinettes. get this with some sambuca, a barspoon would be a cocktail in its own right.  dessert/digestivo through and through. 22/25

Total Ranking: 86% Legendary, Amazing, Great, Good, Fair, Average, Tolerable, Swill

Estimated Fair Price: $70
Actual Price: $82.50


Fact Sheet: 
Distillery Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
ABV: 57%, 114 Proof
Age Statement: 1-2 years in 10-gallon new American oak barrels. 
Ingredients: several different levels of malted barley
Method: double pot stilled
Awards: Bronze Medal - Malt Whiskey Category - American Distilling Institute - 2017, People's Choice Award & Best Whiskey Under 2 Years - American Whiskey Convention - 2017

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