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Charbay "Release III" Hop Flavored Whiskey (750ml)

SKU #1150963 95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Double-distilled from Pilsner beer, flavored with hops and aged for 14 years (six years in oak, eight years out of oak), this limited-edition whiskey isn't for everyone. It's powerful, big and oaky on the palate, with lots of tannins rounding out into vanilla, honey and sweet-yet-bitter orange peel. Bottled at an over-the-top 132 proof, it needs a lot of dilution, but once the alcohol is tamed, an enticing velvetiness emerges. This whiskey is different, interesting and oddly haunting. It would make a wild Manhattan. (KN) Inner quote mark (2/2014)

K&L Notes

The magnificent Charbay whiskey is back for round three. This legendary distillate is without a doubt one of the best American whiskeys ever produced. It's designated hop-flavored whiskey because it was distilled with hoppy beer, and for some reason hops are added after distillation as well. No one knows why, but all we can say is it's the work of a mad genius. Anyone who dismisses this product because of this funny classification will lose our sympathy along with one of the best drinking experiences available. Totally unlike anything else on the market, the legend started with a tanker full of pilsner from the closed Sonoma Mountain Brewery, a beautiful alembic still, and a skilled distiller. Six years in new, charred Missouri oak, and eight further years in stainless steel, and a supernatural concoction was born. This stuff was magnificent at two years old and to experience the progression of this whiskey throughout the years is mind-blowing. A truly special and uniquely Californian whiskey. This is drawn from barrels 8-15, 17 & 18.

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/18/2015 | Send Email
The single most legendary American craft whiskey ever created. Yeah it's expensive as hell, but there ain't nothing like it...in HISTORY. Massive, over the top, intense, and awe inspiring. Don't even waste your time asking yourself why.

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