Heaps of Red Hots candy | Baking spice | Lightly toasted oak | Faint chocolate shavings | Nicely spiced aromas
Cinnamon spices | Dry charred oak | Light baking chocolate | Dry leather | Hints of dry nuts | Dry & full of spice
Chocolate malt | Oak | Rye spice | Mexican chocolate | Lingering spice
Lovers of spice will rejoice at the sip offered by Mile High Spirits’ Fireside Straight Bourbon Single Barrel.
Mile High Spirits is based out of Denver, Colorado, and goes by the motto, “We take our spirits seriously, but not ourselves.” During my visit there, I found it to be a fun quirky space that puts out some really unique tasting whiskey. The last time we had a chance to taste their Fireside Straight Bourbon Single Barrel was when the whiskey was bottled at 4-years-old. An extra year of aging continues to enhance what can best be described as “one unique sip.”
The sip starts with an undeniable dose of Red Hots candy scent that mingles with light toasted oak and chocolate. The palate brings in spice and chocolate notes and adds in drier flavors of oak and leather, which produces a nice concoction of spicy dry flavors. Ending on a chocolatey spice note, the finish is lingering, riding a nice dose of spice. This is a unique tasting bourbon that will scratch the itch of those looking for a spicy whiskey but don’t want to necessarily pour a more traditional spicy rye whiskey. I’m continuing to be impressed with the whiskey Mile High Spirits continues to put out and look forward to what additional years in the barrels do to their whiskey.
The bottle in review comes from barrel 17A11 5G.6.