11 Wells Single Malt Whiskey
American Single Malt
11 Wells // Minnesota, USA
This Single Malt release from 11 Wells is part of their Prototype Series. Details ranging from yeast type, mash bill, and barrel proof are included in a serial number style on each bottle. The sample reviewed comes from Batch 001, aged for 5 months in a 53-gallon, hogshead barrel with a level 3 char. This single malt whiskey uses both peated malt and Maris Otter malt, which was originally created for brewing cask-conditioned ales. This whiskey was mashed, fermented, distilled, matured and bottled on site at the distillery in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It is sold in 375ml sized bottles.
American Single MaltMade in the USA from 100% malted barley. Distilled at one distillery. Matured in oak casks no larger than 700L. Distilled to no higher than 160 proof (80% ABV). Bottled at 80 proof (40% ABV) or higher. (This is the proposed Standard of Identity by the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission.)
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"Wet dog is the primary aroma on the bouquet, with notes of chocolate, smoke, and grain detectable. On the palate, the flavor profile is out of balance with a cloying sweetness playing against an unpleasantly acrid smokiness. There is an unpleasant note reminiscent of burnt plastic, but, mercifully, the finish is quick and short. This is a very unpleasant whiskey and cannot be recommended. "