Old Potrero "K&L Exclusive" Single Chardonnay Barrel Straight Malt Rye Whiskey (750ml)

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Spearheaded by Anchor founder and father of American craft distillation Fritz Maytag back in the mid-1990s, the Old Potrero project was originally an homage to the style of rye whiskey Americans might have consumed during the 1800s, distilled from 100% malted rye (hence why it's labeled as a single malt). This, remember, was back when few people cared about whiskey whatsoever, let alone an expensive, pot-distilled rye from some microbrew owner in the Bay Area. Today, however, times have obviously changed and the output of the small Anchor distillery has increased significantly to supply the demand. It's no secret that we're close with the gang at Anchor and when they hinted a while back that a single barrel option might be on the table, we made sure they knew just how interested we were; especially since we could get it bottled at full proof. Seeing that Old Potrero was getting ready to launch a barrel-finished series including beer-barrel editions, there were a number of different casks to choose from and we were given our choice of options right out of the gate. There were a number of fine expressions to choose from, but there was one Chardonnay French Oak barrel that exploded right out of the glass. At 55.3% ABV, it was absolutely brimming with baking spices and malty rye goodness, with a chewy, decadent finish that one could practically sink their teeth into. Rich and malty on the palate, this will be one of the most coveted American whiskey releases we sell this year.


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By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2017 | Send Email
Wow! The nose is absolutely seductive and inviting with unexpected fruit like aromas. In the mouth it all comes together with subtle fruit like flavors and expressive rye spice flavors.It is soft and complex with a long finish, a delicious and excellent rendition of a rye whiskey. Let us hope that the cask finishing program at Anchor continues in the future.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/30/2017 | Send Email
Old Potrero Single Barrel at Cask Strength, I am sorry just saying that kind of gives me goosebumps. I was hooked just hearing about it, fortunately for me it is every bit as good as I was hoping it would be. The aromatics and flavor here are simple astounding, big, rich, and powerful.There is a dark almost chocolatey note on the nose with tons of spice and dried fruit, then vanilla, clove, cinnamon and toffee on the palate. However, even as this is a decadent bottle of whisky the flavor is exactly where it should be, this is no unwieldy monster of a bottle but rather a expansive, explosive rye that is all natural. Pricey but oh so very good.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2017 | Send Email
I have never been a fan of "ACE'd" (additional cask enhancement) malts. They strike me as gimmicky, boring, and often just plain bad. This is a spectacular exception to that rule. The mighty, wild power of Old Potrero rye meets smooth, suave Burgundian oak in this great bottle of craft whiskey. This vanillin roundness imparted by the french barrel does not detract at all from the flavorful dark rye flavors of the spirit, but rather imparts a creamy suaveness that brings this big characterful malt focus. I need to get my bottle now, before this one barrel is all sold!

By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2017 | Send Email
If you allow this some time in your glass, you have something quite special. I tried it and thought it was good, but went to lunch and came back to it about an hour and a half after it had been poured and it was totally intriguing! Lots of spice and zest on the nose. Think clove, anise, vanilla, tobacco leaves, and toasted nuts. The mouth-feel is wonderfully affected by the chardonnay barrel as well as the malting of the rye. It continues on with exotic spice on the palate and a long fresh finish that gives the drink a little lift. Impressive!

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2017 | Send Email
Are you serious? The single most tightly allocated rye whiskey of all times, and we have our very own barrel? I am far from a whiskey fanatic, though I certainly do my best to stay on top of the new stuff and do enjoy the brown spirits from time to time. This rye is wonderfully spicy, and with a touch of water added the spic\iness is perhaps drawn out even more, while the palate softens and shows even more complexity: candied oranges, lightly toasted grains, and baking spices all combine to create a rich, spicy, complex melange of tastiness. An extraordinary whiskey that is not likely to stick around long, so act fast....

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Rye

Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Alcohol Content (%): 55.3