Ranger Creek Rimfire Mesquite Smoked Texas Single Malt
American Single Malt
Ranger Creek // Texas, USA
Rimfire is a whiskey styled after peated Scottish single malt, but instead of peat smoke for the barley, Ranger Creek uses Texas mesquite wood. The mashbill used is actually Ranger Creek's Mesquite Smoked Porter beer, sans the hops, which is made from five different barley varietals. Rimfire is aged for 6 months in new, small American oak barrels. All whiskeys from their Small Caliber series are bottled in 375 ml sized bottles.
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.)
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"There is a very rich, malty aroma emitting from the glass. The mesquite smoke isn't really calling much attention to itself at this point. On the palate, the whiskey is smooth but not extraordinarily lush. Intense chocolate notes are first to arrive at the tasting party with gentle smoke sidling up to the chocolate quite nicely. Vanilla and breakfast cereal are supporting roles. What you smell and taste don't quite match-up, but the palate is so pleasing, this can be over-looked."