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    Hopped Whiskey

    Has anybody heard of this - much less tried it?

    http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2011/0...d-whiskey.html

    Hopped whiskey - at the ridiculous price of $325/bottle I'm never going to buy it, but I'd love to see what it tastes like!

    Interesting concept - one I've long pondered over. I think it would be very interesting to make a beer - bottle & carbonate it, and then have a whiskey made from the identical mash!

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    Re: Hopped Whiskey

    I don't think I would enjoy the hop notes and mj notes do not
    speak to me as a desirable palate taste in whiskey.

    It may taste better with a cigar.

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    Re: Hopped Whiskey

    I've tried both of the Charbay hopped whiskey releases, and I really like them both. They are truly unlike anything else on the market. They are made from finished beer (i.e. not wash made just to ferment for whiskey), and the hops gives it a spicy quality much different from rye spice. They have become sort of a cult thing in California (maybe that's because of the marijuana notes).

    It is unfortunate that they are priced at such a ridiculously high level because they really are good.

    They also do a new make made from an IPA, but I'm not a big new make fan.

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    Re: Hopped Whiskey

    Im not a fan of hop flavored whiskey. I think Stranahans has hops, but they will not admit it. I am a big fan of the flovor of mj but not when mixed with whiskey.

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    I would definitely like to try it, but $325 for only 6 yrs in wood?

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    Quote Originally Posted by timd View Post
    ...I think it would be very interesting to make a beer - bottle & carbonate it, and then have a whiskey made from the identical mash!
    something to do with kegs gone flat and need to be returned to store.

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    Tried some that Corsair was experimenting with last winter. I have been patiently waiting for a version to be sold to the public. About 6 weeks ago I received a message they were barreling it. I believe they called it Rasputin Hopped Whiskey. It was fantastic. Not sure what the price point will be, but as much as I liked it I won't touch it if it is close to $325. It takes something pretty special to pay that much for a bottle.


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    Re: Hopped Whiskey

    My tasting group recently had Marko, the distiller from Charbay come as a guest. He brought some whiskey made from Pilsner, IPA and Stout. His Pilsner, now 12 years old is just fantastic. The IPA and stout were younger but showed a lot of character, particularly the stout.

    http://www.lawhiskeysociety.com/news.php?id=100

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    Re: Hopped Whiskey

    You won't find anything more special than Charbay out there :-)

    And it's well aged as well. I've seen a lot of similar priced whiskies, a lot younger and not very good

    Charbay is expensive, but if you look for rarity, quality and how "special" the whisky is, this is actual something to look out for

    A lot of whiskies claims to be rare without being it. This one actually is

    In mo opinion this is also in a totally other league than other micro whiskies I have tasted from America, Hootalings and McCarthy's being only two up there as well I can think of right now

    Steffen

    PS, I tasted the new Abhainn Dearg last weekend. 150, 3yo first release, 50cl. 40%. Pricewise this is more expensive than Charbay. I didn't like the whisky thou - First release price like this is pretty standard

    Don't get me going on prices on danish whisky. It's younger, it's crap and its more expensive

    Steffen

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    Re: Hopped Whiskey

    Sku and Steffen are right. Charbay is ridiculous. I've had the first and second releases and both are something special. Yes, it's unlike anything out there. Yes, it's expensive. Yes, it may even be an acquired taste (some have noted the marijuana notes I definitely got off of it). But holy crap, it is incredible.

    "Just" 6 years? Absolutely phenomenal in those 6 years. Release I is aged even less and in many ways I might like it better....

 

 

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