FEW Single Malt Whisky
American Single Malt
FEW // Illinois, USA
This single malt whisky is made with both un-smoked and smoked malted barley (with cherry wood as the wood source). It is a seasonal release with a small production (for the moment anyway). All grains are sourced within 100 miles of Evanston, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, where the distillery is located. Though not required of a single malt made in the US, this is produced from 100% malted barley.
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.)
"The aroma is robust and on the nutty side of the tasting wheel, almost waxy. There is a sweet smoke, but it is very mild. If you take a big whiff, you can pick up sawdust. The malt has a nice weight to it and is more spice driven than fruity. The finish has a lot of oak influence, and though it does taste young, overall the whisky is a pleasant experience."