Corn

Review: Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon by Jason Hambrey

ABV
44%
Aging
charred virgin oak casks
Recipe
68% corn, 20% wheat, 12% malted barley
Distiller Wyoming Whiskey (Kirby, Wyoming)

Wyoming is one of the foremost bourbon producers outside of Kentucky - they use full size barrels, employ one of the best blenders in the US, and get all kinds of praise from critics. Wyoming whiskey is made, obviously, in Wyoming from a recipe that uses wheat as the secondary flavouring grain after corn, rather than the usual rye. Wheated bourbons are always in demand, especially good ones.

This might just be me, but it seems that a lot of Scotch drinkers like this bourbon. It is immensely complex, broad,  and a bit less focused on oak and corn than some other bourbons. I think a lot of the fruity and floral notes are more relatable than heavy oak and corn to Scotch drinkers.


Review (2021)

  • Batch: 63

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 8-16-19

Bottled in 2019 and not in Canada until the end of 2021! It’s always interesting to see how long some product can take to get to shelves.

The nose on this is fantastic! Very nice floral characteristics – rose in particular – but then also lots of dried apricot, raisin, dried cherry, dried cranberry, cream of wheat, something savoury and rich (brown butter?), cream-heavy caramel, white pepper, and white grape. Develops over time – parts get richer, and the citrus (like lemon peel)  and the corn comes out with time. The berries and fruit shift from dried to stewed, too. A really nice mix of bright fruit, floral, and confectionary aromas and yet clearly built upon a backbone of corn. The palate is loaded with the fruit and floral characteristics, but it adds in loads of baking spices and light tannins. It’s a bit zesty, which plays in well with the tannins. The savoury, brown butter character, remains and it is fantastic. The finish has lots of dried rose, with slowly unfolding tannins and complex grain notes.

Very nice bourbon! It shows a different side of what bourbon can be – Kentucky is, generally, focused on different flavours coming from grain, yeast, and wood.

Highly Recommended (50% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: high, at $60.


Review: Field Corn Vodka (Lone Pine Distilling) by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of lone pine distilling.

Image courtesy of lone pine distilling.

ABV
40%
Aging
None
Recipe
100% Alberta Corn
Distiller Lone Pine Distilling (Edmonton, AB)

This vodka is made from Alberta corn, and made quite intensively - it is distilling twenty times and carbon filtered before bottling. Lone Pine makes two different vodkas - one from corn, one from wheat. If anyone thinks vodkas from different grains taste the same, or that all vodkas taste alike, these are two perfect examples of why that isn’t true. Corn tends to give vodkas with good body and an underlying sweetness.


Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2021

  • Bottling Code: N/A

The nose here is quite sweet for a vodka- slight vanilla, nutty chocolate notes (like Ferrero Rocher), citrus zest, and some light earthiness. It’s thick on the palate, slightly sweet, with a background of earthy notes and a big flourish of spice on the finish especially white pepper.

Very clean, very easy, but still sharp and spicy. It’ll shine however you drink your vodka (and for me, especially in vodka forward cocktails).

Highly recommended.


Review: Revelstoke Bathtub Gin No. 6 Raspberry by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of Jones Distilling.

Image courtesy of Jones Distilling.

ABV
37.5%
Aging
None
Recipe
Corn, botanicals, and fresh raspberries
Distiller Jones Distilling (Revelstoke, BC)

You often see fruit gins - typically blueberry or sloe - but not too often, surprisingly, raspberry. This gin is made by steeping kilograms of fresh raspberries into the revelstoke gin base for several days to extract colour, flavour, and aroma.


Review (2021)

  • Batch: Q06.21.15

  • Bottling Date: ~2021

  • Bottling Code: N/A

Often, you taste gins or vodkas which have artificial flavours put in them. I tend to find them abhorrent.

But - no artificial flavours here! The berry notes come through so cleanly – you can tell that it is made from real raspberries. It reminds me of picking them right off the vine when I was growing up.

Fresh raspberries, raspberry jam, light juniper, citrus, pine, white pepper, and coriander on the nose – the way that the raspberry/raspberry seeds play off the juniper is pretty fantastic. The finish is a wonderful mix of fresh ripe raspberries, spice, wood, and citrus. Pretty nice stuff!

It works great in cocktails, too.

Highly Recommended.


Review: Revelstoke Premium Gin No. 1 by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of Jones Distilling.

Image courtesy of Jones Distilling.

ABV
37.5%
Aging
None
Recipe
Corn and botanicals
Distiller Jones Distilling (Revelstoke, BC)

This gin is founded on the excellent corn base also seen in Mr. Jones vodka. It is made using a steep and boil method, where the botanicals are added to the base alcohol to steep and be augered overnight. Then, the gin is boiled and distilled in one run. There are a lot of botanicals packed in here - croatian juniper, corriander, orris root, angelica root, bitter orange, lemon, grapefruit, chamomile, and licorice root.

Megan Moore, the head distiller, describes this as a “gateway gin”. It was designed to not be too heavy on the evergreen/juniper character but still sits firmly within the gin camp, in terms of flavours.


Review (2021)

  • Batch: G01.20.15

  • Bottling Date: ~2020

  • Bottling Code: N/A

The aromas of the gin are clean and light, with spicy and floral notes are the backbone of this gin, with juniper and citrus playing around the edges. The spicy, woody notes provide very nice complexity - especially the glimpses of licorice.

The palate has a rich mouthfeel and brings forward the citrus, which was coy on the nose, to the forefront. There is a light sweetness and some berry notes, too, alongside light spice and woody notes. The finish is very clean and citrusy, and has a nice appealing tingle.

Clean, light, and bright.

Recommended.


Review: Mr. Jones Premium Vodka by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of Jones Distilling.

Image courtesy of Jones Distilling.

ABV
40%
Aging
None
Recipe
100% corn
Distiller Jones Distilling (Revelstoke, BC)

This vodka is made from corn, single-distilled and then charcoal filtered. This was the first product released from Jones distilling in Revelstoke - followed by their gins, cordials, and bathtub gins.

This vodka is distilled to a high proof and then watered down using pristine mountain water from Greely creek, located on the northern slopes of Revelstoke Mountain Resort. It is bottled without addititives.


Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2020

  • Bottling Code: N/A

The vodka is light, and clean with the lightest notes of almond, citrus peel, and berry notes. Towards the end, a light earthiness builds up before letting down into a soft, glowing finish. Notably, there are light touches of mineral notes which add great complex subtlety.

The mouthfeel is terrific and full. Corn is known to produce a rich, buttery mouthfeel on vodkas - well, it did the trick here.

Assessment: Highly Recommended.