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    Re: Goldrun California Rye

    Had a good week in SF this summer and was able to try a handful of these smaller distillery Ryes from the Bay Area. Gold Run was the first of the bunch, they had it on hand at 15 Romolo in San Fran. Also found some Old Potrero Straight Rye, some Aged 1512 100% Rye, and some Whistle Pig Rye, probably in that order. The Whistle Pig isnt really the same creature, as it was a bit more aged, sourced from a larger distillery and tasted like a Michter's or Jeffersons maybe, but a higher price point that didnt warrant a follow up. But as for the other three that were small batch distilleries, the 1512 Aged was about the only one that I really enjoyed. But kinda thinking this might be akin to the rum/agricole experience.

    In as I was really accustomed to how an aged spirit tastes, and the grassy bright characteristics of a younger version was a bit off putting at first. These three were so rye forward that it was so similar to almost a sharp rye bread, and the nose didnt lessen the association and it took a bit of searching to get settled in. Did try and source a bottle of 1512 online later and it was not the same release. Received the 1512 Barbershop but unaged, and it had the peppery malted rye brightness that the other two exhibited, giving credence to barrel aging, even minimal. Think the Aged 1512 is probably unattainable at the moment due to it being a small pot still product as well.

    One that I have really found enjoyable and attainable has been the Delaware Phoenix Distillery Rye Whiskey, its 100% Pot distilled but aged less than 12 months in new charred oak barrels. Nose is really rye bread, grass, and grain. Taste is rye and somehow copper. Not sure if its the suggestion from the still on the bottle, but it has this mineral/metallic mixed with a grassy malted rye that I cant put a finger on but keeps me entertained.

    From my conversations with other whiskey producers, there is such a thing as too long in a barrel. Have heard stories of rejected batches due to over aging even before a 10 year mark and as for wines, oaking can often serve to cover a less than remarkable wine. Think its a good trait to be able to produce a quality spirit through a mash bill and distillation techniques and some minimal barrel time.

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    Re: Goldrun California Rye

    Stumbled across a bottle of this today rather unexpectedly. Didn't think it was the kind of thing that would make it to Georgia. At $55 for a 750ml of young 90 proof rye it is certainly pricey. The description on the bottle made specific mention of being like eating fresh rye bread. Given that I rather like Old Potrero this one has me intrigued. It is also at a new store I am checking out (picked up a bottle of A'bunadh, batch 41 because that batch had been recommended and it was the only place I had seen it) so buying a bottle of the Goldrun, which probably isn't a big seller, might also help me start building a relationship there!

    Goldrun rye.JPG

    Will have to give it some thought.
    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

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    Re: Goldrun California Rye

    Gotta admit, they've got the gimmickry approach down pat.

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    Re: Goldrun California Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Gotta admit, they've got the gimmickry approach down pat.
    Every now and again gimmickry can be tasty! The Millstone 100 rye from the Netherlands reminded me of that once again.
    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

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    Re: Goldrun California Rye

    Yeah but Millstone is fully aged.

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    Re: Goldrun California Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Yeah but Millstone is fully aged.
    True enough! Can't argue with that.

    I suppose it is dependent on the taste buds of the individuals palate to some degree. Having been one of those odd people that likes JD rye, Potrero, Jacobs Ghost, Poitin and the like I suppose I am more willing to experiment. Besdies I am spending my kids college fund to support my habit so the occasional risky purchase is something I don't mind!
    Last edited by tanstaafl2; 07-12-2013 at 13:45.
    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

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    Re: Goldrun California Rye

    At least the money's not being wasted.

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    Re: Goldrun California Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    At least the money's not being wasted.
    Yep! Especially since I don't have any kids (that I'll admit to...).

    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

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