Anchor Old Potrero Hotalings Bottling 11 year old, 50%

Price: $60 ● Issue: Fall 2006 ● Reviewer: John Hansell

It's nice to see an older expression of Old Potrero. This one, named after a whiskey that survived San Francisco's earthquake and subsequent fires of 1906, is certainly more mature and mellow than its younger predecessors. But don't worry: there are plenty of teeth in this whiskey's bite. It is still quite spicy and herbal too, with strong suggestions of juniper (and other botanicals found in gin) combined with spearmint, Earl Grey tea, orange peel, coriander, and cedar, layered with sweeter notes (vanilla, caramel, and toasted marshmallow). If you took a straight rye whisky, added distilled (and aged) Anchor “Our Special Ale,” and then topped it off with a kiss of Anchor's Junipero gin for intrigue -- that's what this whiskey tastes like to me.