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Ridgeline Barrel Aged Vermont Whiskey (Batch 17)

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Classification: Whiskey

Company: Appalachian Gap Distillery

Distillery: Appalachian Gap Distillery

Release Date: Ongoing

Proof: 98

Age: 2 Years

Mashbill: 45% Barley, 30% Corn, 25% Rye

Color: Light Amber

MSRP: $40 (2021)

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NOSE

Fresh distillate | Apricot | Scotch | Ethanol

palate

Summer fruit | Malt | Light raisin | Baking spice | Youthful & off balance

finish

Grass | Malt | Slight nuttiness | Figs | Light spice

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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.

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: Nick

June 1, 2021
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