Corsair Triple Smoke
American Single Malt
Corsair // Tennessee, USA
Based in Tennessee, Corsair is fairly punk rock when it comes to their approach to whiskey. (Well, the kind of punk band that can actually play their instruments and know a good hook!) They are constantly experimenting with alternative techniques and flavor profiles, but with well thought out approaches. In this case, they split malted barley into 3 parts, and smoked each one with a different fuel - cherry wood, peat and beechwood. Then they pot distilled the whole thing and aged it in new, charred oak. So it's like a peated single malt, but from the approach of a younger generation who likes to take things in new directions.
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 oak
"Well, it's smokey (duh!), however the flavors are nicely tempered. The cherry adds a sweet smoke (like BBQ), the beechwood adds a spicy one and the peat adds a hint of rubber (in a good way.) Dark fruits like blackberries, bing cherries and plums waft through the smoke, as do vanilla, spice and pumpernickel bread."