Fresh distillate | Apricot | Scotch | Ethanol
Summer fruit | Malt | Light raisin | Baking spice | Youthful & off balance
Grass | Malt | Slight nuttiness | Figs | Light spice
Ridgeline is Appalachian Gap Distillery’s premier whiskey, and according to the label “the reason we started Appalachian Gap Distillery” with each batch is intended to be unique, and unique this whiskey certainly is. It dances with fruit, spice, and sweet notes, and even maybe some flavor more typical in scotch or Irish whiskey, but these flavors don’t work in harmony with one another. There is also a rather prominent youthful note throughout, and combined with the competing range of flavors it’s just too much. Without the youthful note, the range of flavors might work better together. Unfortunately, the whiskey struggles to find balance and combined with the prominent youthful note doesn’t hit the mark I believe Appalachian Gap is going for. I would love to see how this comes together with more aging, and with a keener eye towards keeping the array of flavors working in unison with one another as the whiskey certainly shows potential.