Do Island Whiskeys Taste Like the Sea? Taste These and Decide

Sea Fog American Whiskey is aged for 7 years entirely in Newport, Rhode Island.

Do Island Whiskeys Taste Like the Sea? Taste These and Decide

August 26, 2019 –––––– Whisky Advocate, , , ,

Whiskey is made across America, including in its coastal areas and islands. Some say that the maritime climate impacts their maturation and can be tasted in the finished product. These American whiskeys were all aged on islands, and many were distilled on them. Which ones taste like the sea? Try them and decide for yourself.

To Sea or Not to Sea: 5 Island Whiskeys to Try

Nor'Easter Bourbon—89 points, $60From: Triple Eight Distillery, Nantucket IslandA 4 to 8 year old blend of sourced bourbon and bourbon distilled on Nantucket. Rich and spicy oak, chocolate, blueberries, and sea salt.Sea Fog American Whiskey—86 points, $45From: Newport Distilling Co., Aquidneck IslandMade with peated malt. Quite smoky, with clear salt spray notes and a definite maritime influence. Herbaceous and earthy. Very impressive.St. George Single Malt Lot 17—87 points, $100From: St. George Spirits, Alameda IslandNot all island whiskeys have seaside character, and there's nothing wrong with that. Sweet plums, grilled pineapple, and a malty backbone.Cadée Deceptivus Bourbon—85 points, $50From: Cadée Distillery, Whidbey IslandStraight bourbon aged on Whidbey, but distilled elsewhere. Finished in French oak port casks. Salted meat, stewy plums, and some saline minerality.Bainbridge Battle Point Organic Wheat—84 points, $60From: Bainbridge Organic Distillers, Bainbridge IslandSoft, sweet, and gentle, with a salty edge. If you can find it, try the Two Islands Islay cask-finished version, which is even better.