Ripe peaches | Hints of cream | Rye grain | Whifs of nail polish remover | Enjoyable scents that are quickly overrun by ethanol ones
Muddled peaches | Muted oak | Grain | Vanilla | Hints of green peppercorn | Rye spice | Youthful muted flavors
Dry leather | Flashes of sweet vanilla | Dry oak | Dab of rye spice | Dry & short lived
Hailing from Middlebury, VT, Appalachian Gap Distillery produces Drumlin Champlain Valley Rye with rye grains that are grown within 25 miles of the distillery. Utilizing a 100% Champlain Valley rye mashbill, the resulting whiskey is unfortunately short on its delivery. While the nose holds promises of fruity and creamy flavors, an ever-present nailpolish remover ethanol-like scent overruns them. The rest of the sip is muddled, ending on a dry note that is quickly forgotten. While the rye actually shows some promise, it clearly needs a little more time in the barrel to truly come into its own.
The bottle being reviewed is bottle number 102/134 from batch number 2.