Double Gold (San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2021)
Batch 002 is an anomaly that caused us quite a dilemma. In search of texturous whisky to complement the rye in Batch 001, we discovered stunning double distilled corn whisky, affectionately known at Found North as “Sample 18.” We blended Sample 18 with a parcel of buttery, minty 17 year old rye aged in ex-wheated bourbon barrels and then added a touch of lively, earthy 16 year old rye.
The problem was -- the more we tweaked the ratio in favor of Sample 18 the more the blend improved. At 80:20 corn to rye the blend presented a mesmerizing orange creamsicle note, but no longer qualified as “rye.” We had to choose between bottling the best whisky or the most marketable whisky. We bottled this black sheep as is. We love her, and at 64.9% ABV she loves us right back.
Batch 002 immediately shows a combination of new wood and bright fruit with butterscotch, burnt sugar and sweet clementine. The pairing of fresh vanilla and minty spice manifests as peppermint ice cream. The longer you sit with it the more the fruit notes take over, showing red apple, rock candy and an enticing orange creamsicle character.
Grain Profile: The corn and rye combination show up as baking spices and pancake batter. Additionally, this whisky takes you for a walk through a wheat field, with a distinctive flour note.
Spice Profile: The spice profile is very balanced and elegant on the nose, but a powder keg waiting to explode on the palate with peppermint, pine needles, and intense wood spice.
Wood Profile: The lactones are pervasive and swirl around revealing milk chocolate, big time butterscotch, taffy vanilla bean and cake frosting.
Fruit Profile: The fruit profile is the most exciting part of this whisky. The two dominant flavors are mandarin and cantaloupe. The oak plus orange plus spice delivers a thick, milky Fanta float.
Mouthfeel: For all the bright fruit notes on the nose the whisky has a viscous warm syrup character on the palate. The mouth-coating oiliness gives a classic snap, crackle and pop on the mid palate and substantial sizzle on the finish.
With Water: A few drops of water over ripens the fruit notes like sprinkling sugar on strawberries to make them juicier. It also precipitates much more oil on the mouthfeel, rounding out the spice kick.