It has been too long since I have written a post. It has not been for the lack of drinking whisk(e)y. I have acquired quite a few bottles over the past few months and have done some nice tastings (more on all of them to come) as well as read quite a few books. But, between work, travel, and all of the good tipples I have had very little time to write.
Yet, it is a beautifully cool evening, almost fall-like, so I am sitting on the carpet in my living room and decided it was time to write-up on of my reviews. So, here we have Corsair’s Small Batch Triple Smoke.
I have become quite familiar with this whiskey over the past few years. A friend from Nashville introduced me to it a few years back at the distillery. Which, if you have a chance to visit their location in Nashville, you definitely should. It is located in an old warehouse off the beaten path and is well worth your time. There is craft in the architecture and loads of craft in their tipples. Corsair is doing some interesting and cutting-edge stuff with their tipples. And, I’m not the only one saying it.
On my first trip I tried it in a cocktail. It was awesome. The smokey nature of the whiskey lent well to the sweetness of the other ingredients. But, I had to try it neat…and on the rocks…and in my own cocktails. So, I had to get a bottle.
I am now on my 3rd bottle. So, I have spent a good amount of time with this beauty. We have a love, minus the hate, relationship. I just keep coming back for more.
So, what do we have in this bottle? It is a “Small Batch” (each batch is a little over 1000 bottles) American Whiskey. It is made up of three, equal as far as I know, parts malt. Each malt portion is smoked with different types of kindling: cherrywood, beechwood, and peat. It is then pot distilled. It is not labeled as a straight whiskey so it is likely aged less than 2 years in newly charred oak.
Distiller: Corsair Artisan LLC, Nashville Tennessee; Bowling Green, Kentucky
Yellowish copper. It is quite cloudy. I am assuming this is non-chill filtered.
Smokey. It is a good name because there is loads of it on the nose. It is also very woody which is to be expected with the components. I get fruit as well: cherry and rum-soaked raisins. Just the slightest hint of plums.
It is smooth. Get drunk smooth. It has a medium viscosity. Lots of wood. Some cherry vanilla. Smokey and peaty towards the back. In my opinion this is the ideal craft whiskey. It is creative. It has balance. The sweet, smokey, and woody elements meld together to perfection.
Long. Sweet to smoke. It lingers with the peat resting on your taste buds at the end.
This tipple has lots of character for its young age. I keep coming back for more. I am certain this, my 3rd bottle, will not be my last. I will be excited to see this one take shape as it, hopefully, becomes a straight whiskey in the near future. My only complaint is the proof. At 80 proof it lacks the bite I like in a whiskey. Bottled at 100 – 120 proof this one would do no wrong. If Corsair is listening…I’d love to see this one in a cask strength/barrel proof version. I am super excited to try their other offerings.
91/100 (An Excellent Tipple)
*NOTE: I received this bottle as a birthday gift from my friend in Nashville.