Review: Last Straw Distillery Signature Series - Whisky in the 6 / by Jason Hambrey

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3 years; Re-charred Wild Turkey Casks
70% Corn, 20% Rye, 10% Barley
Distiller Last Straw (Vaughan, Ontario)

This whisky was a collaboration between Last Straw Distillery (who have had some pretty decent whiskies of late) and Rob from Whisky in the 6, a whisky Youtuber. Rob helped choose the mash, picked the barrel, and the final ABV. After a number of Last Straw’s whiskies which I enjoyed recently (their rye, and their not-a-whisky Stout Spirit) I was very curious to see how this one turned out.

Review (2021)

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  • Bottling Date: 2021

The oak is everywhere on this whisky – intense, tannic, and spicy – but there is other stuff behind that – juniper wood, toasted oat crackers, dill, caraway, mint, banana, cucumber, pear, cinnamon, vanilla ice cream, graham cracker, freshly sawn oak, clove, and some hazelnut.

The palate is herbal, oaky, lightly sweet, and with lots of baking spices. We find ourselves with some more vanilla, apple cake, dill, corn husks, graham crackers, and cooked rye berries. It’s better with a bit of water added, it helps calm down the heavy new oak influence. Despite all the oak, the tannins are surprisingly light here. The finish has dill, toffee, vanilla, toffee, and a bit more banana.

The bottle does a bit better with a bit of air.

There is lots of complexity, but the balance isn’t quite there for me with all that oak. Lots of oak, not enough sweetness to balance, and some great spirit underneath.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher). I struggled with whether to recommend this one. I find it too oaky, and not very balanced – but the complexity is intriguing and the oak softens as the whisky gets some air in the bottle. Ultimately, complexity won over balance – the finish was convincing, too.

Value: Average at $60. Given the challenge with finding cask strength (ish?) whiskies at these prices, if that’s your thing, it could creep up a bit higher.