Written by Special Guest Blogger Joshua Hatton
State of Montana – 40% ABV – you can find this whiskey at these locations.
Just the name alone, Whistling Andy, brings back memories of watching Andy Griffith reruns when I was just a wee boy. Remember the whistling theme song?
Now that I’ve put that in your head, it’ll be stuck with you for the next 2-5 days.
Ok, ok. If you want that out of your head, try some Zappa on for size…
The chance to sample this bourbon came to me out of the blue. The brand, Whistling Andy, was new to me and therefore, I was excited to give it a try. Not much is known about this whiskey or detailed on their website. Here’s what we do know:
- The bottle is from Batch 1.
- It’s labeled as a “Straight Bourbon” yet has not age statement on the label so, according to the law as I read it, this bourbon should be 4 years of age or older and was, of course, aged in new charred or toasted barrels.
- (Bourbon has no minimum specified duration for its aging period. Products aged for as little as three months are sold as bourbon. The exception is straight bourbon, which has a minimum aging requirement of two years. In addition, any straight bourbon aged less than 4 years must state the age of the spirit on the bottle.)
- The mash bill is at least 51% corn but the bottle label also states that there is Rye, Wheat and Barley.
- The grain is 100% Montana grown grain (I dig the state pride!).
- It’s bottled at 40% ABV (chill-filtered, too? not sure)
Let’s nose/taste/swallow (we’re not spitters here at the jewmalt.com HQ)
On the nose – From the get-go there is a cinnamon gum note and scent of freshly ground grains/cereals.
Apple Porridge and creamed corn. It’s not overly sweet.
Wait, baked pears are popping up with a side of Wasa crackers. An interesting melange of notes.
On the mouth — Feels hot for 40% ABV (80 proof for my American readers). It’s also much lighter and fruitier in taste than the nose lead on about.
Lots of chewy red candies and, get this, Honey Comb cereal. The heat goes away after the first sip but some of that cinnamon from the nose remains.
The mouthfeel is a little thin (maybe a higher-ABV could have helped that?). Black and green ground pepper corns bring us to the finish…
Finish — Drying and grassy with some good length to it!
In sum — Overall, it was a pretty good experience. The nose to mouth experience was a little off-balance but I did enjoy the surprise of it. You can’t judge all whisk(e)ys by their noses. While I did enjoy this (and plan to share with others), I’d *love* to see a cask strength version of this whiskey. I’ve found few whisk(e)ys that didn’t benefit from being experienced at cask strength!
Special thanks to Lisa and all at the Whistling Andy Distillery for the ample sample!