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Kings County Wheat Whiskey

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Classification: Wheat Whiskey

Company: Kings County Distillery

Distillery: Kings County Distillery

Release Date: 2021

Proof: 90

Age: 16 Months

Mashbill: 86% NY Winter White Wheat, 14% Malted Barley

Color: Deep Amber

MSRP: $45 (375ML) (2021)

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NOSE

Caramel | Toasted oak | Malt | Strawberry | Touch of orange | Burnt butter

palate

Honey | Toasted oak | Pear | Butter | Touch of floral flavors

finish

Seared toffee | Black currants | Oak | Toasted walnuts

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Trying their hand at a wheat whiskey, Kings County Distillery is upfront calling this an experimental offering. Aged only 16 months in five gallon barrels, it still tastes distinctly Kings County without a hint of youth. For fans of the distillery’s unique taste, it continues in that tradition, but is noticeably softer and lighter than their bourbon and rye. That’s to be expected based on the high percentage of wheat used in its mashbill. But comparing it to other similarly aged whiskeys, it's surpringling how potent its flavor profile is, and how heavy-handed the finish turns out to be.

This could be seen as a drawback. This Wheat Whiskey isn’t far outside the range of the company’s bourbon. It’s said most whiskey drinkers wouldn’t be able to tell a rye bourbon from a wheated bourbon when tasting them blind, and that hypothesis could likely be extended to wheat whiskeys as well. However, I think most would be able to with Kings County’s offerings, but that is largely due to the relative softness of their wheat whiskey in comparison to their bourbon. Perhaps more age or different barrels would draw out even more differences between them. This experimental Kings County Distillery Wheat Whiskey turned out to be more of the same from the company, but for fans of the company’s now trademark style of whiskey, they will find a lot to enjoy here.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Eric

September 21, 2021
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