Mar 20, 2012

Old Potrero Single Malt Straight Rye Whiskey...

Old Potrero Single Malt Straight Rye Whiskey (45.0%): Old Potrero is distilled by The Anchor Distilling Company. Yep, they are the same guys from San Francisco who own Anchor Brewing bringing us those delicious brews. Usually their releases are very hard to find old school distilled spirits in small batches due to their limited production. Single Malt Straight Rye Whiskey is distilled in a small copper pot still from 100% rye malt mash and aged in charred American Oak barrels. It is different than its brother which is another single malt rye expression labeled as "Old Potrero Single Malt 18th Century Style Whiskey" and aged in toasted American Oak barrels only. I heard nothing but great things about this whiskey and I was lucky to find and purchase one. Getting eager to sit down and pour for myself. Hmm, synthetic cork... Actually it is the first time I see that in a whisk(e)y bottle. Color: Deep amber color with noticable thick legs. Nose: Dense, warm, dark German rye bread right out of the oven: Vollkornbrot! Very doughy. Refurbished vintage furniture, tung oil, butchers bowling alley wax and fat unlit cigar aromas. Adding a few drops of water calmes it down nicely. Palate: Definitely warm Vollkornbrot but with melting butter on it this time. Cinnamon, nutmeg, white pepper, ginger and vanilla line up. Tons of toasted hard wood and tobacco notes. Tastes like biting off of the tip of a cigar. Adding water brings sweet caramel, flower and pine that I didn't expect. Finish: Sweet, long, woody and very peppery. Almost like a young cognac. Overall: Wow..! This is not your everyday whiskey for sure. It is big, bold and very masculin; like out of an old spy novel from 1930's where secret agents in their sweaty white suits having a meeting in a bar filled with cigar smoke in Cairo. If I want to be more specific: the scene where Indiana Jones meets French Archeologist Dr. Rene Belloq in Raiders of the Lost Ark in the bar... It doesn't taste like any other rye whiskey in the market but it did remind me Hudson Manhattan Rye a little bit. More like it's older and more mature brother though. I couldn't imagine it in any cocktail, it is a perfect sipping whiskey. It would pair amazingly good with spicy cigars. I would love to enjoy it also with poached pears or apples, cinnamon ice cream or marzipan filled chocolate.