Governor's Reserve Taos Lightning Straight Rye Whiskey
KGB Spirits // (bottled in) New Mexico, USA
Taos Lightning is a reboot by KGB Spirits of one of the oldest American whiskey brands. It was originally distilled in 1820 by Simon Turley of Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico, popularized by southwestern settlers, fur trappers, and Native Americans. Turley was killed in the Taos Pueblo Revolt of 1847, and now the brand rides again. It's made from 95% rye with 5% wheat, aged at least 4 years in new, charred oak in a warehouse at a high, dry mountain elevation that is open to the elements.
RyeMash bill at least 51% rye; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"The aging environment produces a light-bodied, refreshing style of rye. The typical spice flavors are more subtle, allowing a delicate floral essence to blossom with notes of green tea, grapefruit peel, thyme and chive blossoms. The wheat in the mash bill contributes light honey sweetness, all tied together with Wheaties cereal flavors. "