KO Distilling Bare Knuckle Cask Strength Wheat Whiskey
Bare Knuckle // Virginia, USA
KO Distilling launched a cask strength edition of its Bare Knuckle straight wheat whiskey at the end of 2018. With a minimum of two years maturation in full-size barrels, the whiskey is comprised of a 60% wheat, 30% rye and 10% malted barley mash bill, made entirely from Virginia-grown grains. The label features Irish-American prizefighter Jimmy Gardner, circa 1910.
Wheat WhiskeyMash bill at least 51% wheat; aged in new, charred oak barrels
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"First impression on the nose is like opening a bag of fresh whole grain bread. Then comes brown sugar, cloves, anise, and a touch of dill. The palate is dry upfront, with par-baked dough, followed by rich vanilla, black pepper, agave syrup, and a lingonberry tartness. A powerful finish offers a two-man game of astringent oak and vanilla. Add a splash of water, and the sweetness and spiciness are upped in tandem, delivering a bold profile. (Review from Barrel #16-104)"