Classification: Straight Rye Finished in White Wine Seasoned French Oak Barrels
Company: Filibuster Distillery
Mashbill: 90% Rye, 10% Malted Barley
MSRP: $54 (2019)
Filibuster Distillery enjoys experimenting with multiple casks, and it seems nothing they do conforms to the traditional aging process. The rye is first aged for two years in white American oak barrels, then aged for an additional two years in white wine seasoned french oak barrels. What results is something surprisingly developed and well-rounded.
Cotton candy and creme brulee on the nose give way to a light warming spice on the palate. It’s robust for 90 proof, with cotton candy, gingerbread, summer fruit, and candy corn sweetness. Spice develops as the whiskey is rolled around in the mouth, delivered by a viscous mouthfeel. The spice amplifies and ultimately crescendos on the finish, which balances cinnamon with creme brulee sweetness. This sweet-spicy note lingers, making for a long and fantastic finish.
I can’t help but think about Angel’s Envy Rye when I drink this rye whiskey. While Filibuster isn’t finished in caribbean rum casks like Angel’s Envy Rye is, the unusual sweetness (for a rye) is the obvious connection. Filibuster doesn’t take it to the same sickly sweet level that Angel’s Envy does, instead balancing the sweet notes with a more traditional rye spice. This finished rye caught me off guard with how enjoyable it is, and comes with a strong recommendation for anyone that appreciates a sweeter whiskey that isn’t over the top. Nick - 02/2019
The sample used for this review is from a production bottle and was provided at no cost courtesy of Filibuster Distillery. We thank them for the sample and for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.