Dear Johnny Smoked Apple Whiskey
451 Spirits // Ohio, USA
This whiskey is comprised of a mashbill of barley, oats, and rye "rare blend"--that is, 451 Spirits uses a mash where no one grain takes up 50% or more of the bill. It's distilled in an old-style pot-still, aged using the Solera system (common in Spanish wineries to provide consistency), and is only filtered to remove solids. A small portion is redistilled with smoked apples and blended back into the base product for balance. Note: Your best bet for obtaining a bottle is to head to Ohio; Columbus in particular.
Flavored WhiskeyWhiskey flavored with natural or artificial flavors and labeled with the (pre)dominant flavor(s). Can be made either with or without the addition of sugar. Bottled at 30% ABV or higher.
"At first the nose is almost like an apple cider vinegar. Once it settles, the smoke comes through and you get lovely dry pork-rub aroma. Notes of tobacco, BBQ, and candied apples come through as if you were at a county fair. The taste is right on track with the aroma: applewood chips, molasses, caramel, and--believe it or not--churros. This whiskey is weird, but worth a try."