Review: Dry Fly Straight Triticale Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

Charred Virgin Oak; 5-7 years
100% Triticale
Producer Dry Fly Distilling (Spokane, Washington)

Triticale is a hybrid grain created from wheat and rye, originally developed in Scotland in the 1800s. This is the world's only straight triticale whiskey - so it's not a grain that you see very often. It is, in fact, distilled in Canada but goes into blends. The whiskey is produced by Dry Fly distilling - a micro distillery in Washington well known for their wheat whiskeys. All the grain is sourced from within 30 miles of their distillery.

Review (2016)

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  • Bottling Date: 2015

That is a load of vanilla! The nose is slightly sour, with sweet vanilla custard, bubblegum, caramel, with slight aromas of a wet fall marsh, brown sugar, malt loaf, and a few bakery aromas of fresh bread. The palate has a nice mouthfeel shows some of the grain – or it must be the grain, as I am not familiar with triticale – slightly spicy, with white pepper, dried apricot – but a bit more like the more subtle dried apricot paste than the juicier standard dried apricot- and some cooked out red wine. It is just a touch raw, and by that I mean that it seems the spirit would do a bit better with a bit more time in the barrel. Pleasing sweet vanilla finish, with some oak, wheat flour, and dried orange. Very easy to drink, if not a bit plain.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher). On rating alone, it doesn’t quite match up to most whiskies in this recommendation group - but how often do you get to taste a triticale whisky? For that reason, it is here….

Value: Average (based on $51).