John David Albert's Taos Lightning Single Barrel Straight Rye 5 Year


KGB Spirits // (bottled in) New Mexico, USA

community rating

3 out of 5 stars
( 11 )

Taos Lightning is a brand that was originally founded by Simon Turley at Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico in 1820, popularized by frontier settlers. John David Albert was a distillery worker who was one of a few men who held off a siege at the distillery during the Taos Pueblo Revolt, during which Turley was killed and the brand with it. Now resurrected by KGB Spirits, this rye is made with 95% rye and 5% wheat. It's aged a minimum of 5 years in a dry climate warehouse at a high elevation that is exposed to the elements.

  • age
    5 Year
  • Cost
  • abv
  • Rye
    Mash bill at least 51% rye; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
  • Cask Type
    new, charred American oak

Tasting Notes

"Fittingly named after a resistance fighter, this more assertive expression builds on the flavors of the Governor's Reserve Straight Rye, with bolder spice and wheat cereal notes. Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove elbow their way in past Earl Grey tea and some dandelion floral bitterness. Honey syrup and vanilla provide a pleasant drizzle for a rye bread base that carries out into the finish. "

Score 89

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