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Review: Cascade Peak Oregon Organic Rye whiskey

January 24th, 2009

I’ll post up one more microdistillery whiskey before reviewing more mainstream whiskeys. This one really shows promise. It has a lot more going for it than the Rogue Dead Guy whiskey I reviewed earlier in the week.

Cascade Peak Oregon Organic Rye (Batch #1), 50.2%, $52
This whisky is only 9 months old, made from 85% rye and 15% malted barley. It’s vibrantly spicy (cinnamon, mint, licorice root, nutmeg), fresh and clean. Bright citrus and peach also entertain. Rich, underlying vanilla notes try to tame the beast, but it’s really no match. Warm, spicy finish. There’s a lot going on here. Yes, it’s youthful, but far more mature than I expected. This whisky is certainly drinkable now (for those who like their rye whiskey young and bold), but I would like to see it develop some more on oak. That’s the only thing missing here. It shows great potential.

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 77

3 Responses to “Review: Cascade Peak Oregon Organic Rye whiskey”

  1. matthew says:

    John, have you had the Isaiah Morgan unaged rye from Virginia? Obviously a whole different beast, but while you’re on the subject of young ryes…

  2. tom says:

    I have had it, and it they are doing something different. It tastes nothing like rye white dog should taste.

  3. John Hansell says:

    Matthew, no I haven’t had the opportunity. I’ll keep an eye out for it.

    Tom, yes it it maturing rather quickly. Maybe those small 10 gallon casks have something to do with it? I don’t know.

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