Oct 13, 2013

Most Righteous Bourbon...

Most Righteous Bourbon (42.5%): Got this half bottle when I was in Upstate New York last week attending Woodstock Film Festival. It drew my attention right away with its very elegant and hip looking packaging on Woodstock Wine and Liquors shelves and also it is a local product of the region... I think everything justified the purchase somehow even if I was out there just for the Festival and not for whiskey at all. Most Righteous Bourbon is distilled by Catskill Distilling Company located in Bethel, NY where the original Woodstock Festival took place in 1969. Catskill Distilling Co. has a wide product range of vodka, gin, grappa and buckwheat, rye and white whiskeys. The mash bill of their bourbon consists of 70% corn, 20% rye and 10% malted barley. Color: Dark amber, chestnut honey. Nose: Very young but sweet, not aggressive and yummy. Carrot cake, pumpkin spice and Christmas cake. Cinnamon dusting, cloves and roasted coconut. Green almonds, walnut shells, burnt lemon zest and candied pecans. Heavy old wool blanket you used to get lost under at your grandparents place. It's a sweet and candied nose with great honey aromas but also has a spicy side coming from its rye content. Palate: Unsalted butter melting on a warm pumpernickel bread slice, rye cookies, freshly scraped vanilla beans, roasted almonds, maple syrup. Doughy and chewy... Sweet middle eastern spices, walnut baklava, cardamom and ma'amoulFinish: Long, spicy but not overwhelming. Chocolate covered raisins, baklava syrup and mahlabOverall: This is a sweet, spicy and tasty bourbon. It carries all the characteristics of small barrel rushed bourbons we used to see at East Coast last years but it sure tastes good. I have to say it is damn hard to justify its price tag around $30 for a half bottle of a young bourbon like this but definitely worth to give a try if you see it somewhere on the shelf at any bar you walk in.