Last week at WhiskeyFest Chicago I attended a panel discussion of craft distillers, which was fascinating. Several of them had samples of unaged whiskies, the most intriguing of which (to me) was the White Whiskey from Death's Door Spirits of Wisconsin.
From perusing these forums I know I'm not the only person who has ever tasted white dog and thought, "Wow, that's pretty good! I'd buy that!" Unlike the big boys, the guys at Death's Door heard that and decided to do something about it, to wit, they bottled and released a batch of very young whiskey. The sample I had was pretty good.
One of the things that intrigues me about them is that this is not the usual corn whiskey---they make it with predominantly wheat, including malted wheat, which I believe makes them unique in the whiskey world. If I understood the guy correctly, there are some barrels of this aging, and I am really curious to see what it tastes like after the barrel has had a chance to do its stuff on it.
But the White Whiskey is pretty tasty stuff right now. I'm hoping to find a bottle somewhere around here, but the run was pretty low and I don't know if it made it down here. The guy I asked at the River North Binny's had not heard of it; I haven't been to any other Binny's or Sam's looking for it. I usually get up to Wisconsin a few times over the summer so I will also look up there.
I have always thought that young whisky like that had a lot of potential that was not explored, and it is exciting to me to see some of the new craft distillers making it.
Other distillers that had young whiskies (IIRC---I had been drinking) were Stranahan's from Colorado and Templeton from Iowa, but I don't recall that they were going to sell them in that form.
Edit: Here's a link to an info sheet about the Death's Door Whisky.