Review: Trust Southern Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

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3 yrs; virgin oak
93% Organic BC Corn, 7% Organic BC Rye
Distiller The Liberty Distillery (Vancouver, BC)

This whisky is a blend of a corn whisky, made from organic corn from Spallumcheen, BC, as well as a rye whisky made from organic grain sourced from Armstrong BC. The whisky is triple distilled, and aged in new American oak barrels. A nod to the south, but made in a unique way - it isn’t very often that you see triple-distilled corn whisky.

Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2020

  • Bottling Code: N/A

The nose is oaky, nutty, spicy, and slightly smoky – vanilla, coconut, campfire embers, black pepper, and sweet grain notes. The oak is front and centre on the nose – but it isn’t a heavy and rich oak like you see in bourbon. Instead, it’s much lighter, brighter, and more narrowly focused. The palate has vanilla, charred oak, almond, hazelnut, pear, and a touch of citrus pith. The oak brings in a nice edge of bitterness. The finish slowly unwinds as the tannins soften – starting with oak, and drifting into stewed fruit, then dried fruit, and then baking spice and a bit of pear and honey.

As in the glass, the bottle actually improves with a bit of air - the tannins break down nicely.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average against the market at $70.