Classification: Straight Bourbon Finished in Tawny Port Casks
Company: Chattanooga Whiskey Co.
Distillery: Chattanooga Riverfront Distillery
Release Date: March 2021
Age: 3 years with additional 6+ months of finishing time in Tawny Port Casks
MSRP: $45 (2021)
Rhubarb | Berry jam | Ripe strawberries | Toasted sugars | Light oak | Baked pie crust | A deconstructed fruit pie
Malt | Light leather | Berries | Light toasted marshmallow | Toasted sugars | Light syrup | Dried raisins | Earthy with a dash of sweet
Oak | Baking spice | Dash of baking chocolate | Leather | Dried raisins & berries | Green peppercorn | Earthy and lingering
Chattanooga Whiskey Tawny Port Cask Finish is part of the company's limited edition finishing series, which focuses on whiskeys crafted from a combination of unique bourbon mashbills, all containing over 25% specialty malt. The Tawny Port Cask release is crafted from a custom blend of six signature Tennessee High Malt mashbills: B001, B005, SB055, R18025, R18016, and R17113. The company states that these mashbills were selected for their fruity wine-like flavors and aromas. The finishing casks were sourced from the eastern most edge of the Douro Valley bordering Spain, known as Douro Superior. The whiskey is stated to be aged for greater than 3 years with an additional finishing time of more than 6 months.
The time spent in the port barrels is evident throughout. The sip opens with a lush fruit-filled nose that is reminiscent of a deconstructed fruit pie. Surprisingly from there, the rest of the sip transitions to more earthy tones focused on more sweeter darker and drier flavors. It’s a combination that is full of nuanced flavors and one that makes you take your time to pick out all of its intricate layers. For those who love a port finished whiskey, or just a complex whiskey in general, Chattanooga Whiskey Tawny Port Finish is one to seek out.