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    Re: New Masterson's Straight Barley and Straight Wheat Whiskeys

    Quote Originally Posted by tanstaafl2 View Post
    I think they are closer to $70 here locally although I haven't priced one in a while. Given its seeming similarity to WhistlePig I never felt the need to pick this one up too.
    The interesting bit to me is that the LCBO brought in 714 bottles a year ago and have sold about 550 of them!!! So, a lot of Ontarians don't think $110 is too much to pay for a Canadian whisky bottled in the USA
    I swear the same juice bottled in Canada by the distiller would go on the shelf for $50 or less and would probably sit collecting dust.

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    Re: New Masterson's Straight Barley and Straight Wheat Whiskeys

    I am officially a liquor whore!

    Quote Originally Posted by tanstaafl2 View Post
    Intrigued as well but something I likely have to try before I buy unless they prove to be a lot less pricey than I expect them to be based on the cost of the Masterson's Rye. Have tried the rye but never gotten around to buying one.

    I saw these bottles of the new Masterson's barley and wheat whiskey and could not resisit buying them despite what I said in the earlier post. In my defense they are purdy bottles. Robert Parker would love it!

    Masterson.JPG

    Not a great picture from the front seat of my truck but you can see depite being 2 years older and 100 proof versus 92 proof for the barley that the wheat whiskey is not surprisingly much lighter in color. As a "straight" whiskey I presume it is aged in new oak casks but perhaps coming from Canada allows them to play fast and loose with the terminology.

    I popped them both open in the store for a little taste with the staff. The wheat is extrordinarily light. You might almost think it is was a barrel aged vodka! Some vanilla and light tanin/oak flavor but not just a ton of flavor for a 12yo whiskey. Perhaps just a touch sweet but I didn't feel like i could call it a chocolatety finish and it was at most a moderate finish. Did have a bit of oily heft to the mouthfeel.

    The barley (I presume it is unmalted barley as it doesn't mention malt on the bottle or the website) on the other hand was much more interesting. Despite less age and less proof it had a very nice mouthfeel and moderate oaky/leather taste that was not at all overdone. Agian a touch sweet with a much better finish that ended with a bit of fruit or nuttiness.

    Always fun to experiment but the barley is the pick here for me. The wheat may well finish its days as a mixing whiskey. I suppose I should try it up against Bernheim wheat first.

    And perhaps the goat would like a wee nip?
    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

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    Re: New Masterson's Straight Barley and Straight Wheat Whiskeys

    Very interesting, thanks for this. It would be interesting to compare the wheat to the Bernheim Wheat, indeed.

    Did the barley one strike you as similar to any Irish whiskey you have had?

    Gary

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    Re: New Masterson's Straight Barley and Straight Wheat Whiskeys

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillman View Post
    Very interesting, thanks for this. It would be interesting to compare the wheat to the Bernheim Wheat, indeed.

    Did the barley one strike you as similar to any Irish whiskey you have had?

    Gary
    Indeed it did but again not being malted made it a different, lighter and perhaps slightly sweeter and more fruit forward whiskey than even pot still which has both malted and unmalted barley. Perhaps Greenspot would be a good comparison with the notable fruit flavors. I will have to put them side by side and see!
    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

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    Re: New Masterson's Straight Barley and Straight Wheat Whiskeys

    Great information Bruce. You have earned your title as liquor whore and can take a seat in the parlor next to TomH the sherry slut.
    Thad

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    Re: New Masterson's Straight Barley and Straight Wheat Whiskeys

    What Thad said, well done Bruce.

    Would like to see your side-by-side of the two respectively with Bernheim Wheat and Green Spot.

    Gary

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    Re: New Masterson's Straight Barley and Straight Wheat Whiskeys

    I got a chance to taste these this week. I like the Masterson's Rye - I did not like either the Wheat or the Barley which surprised me. I found the Wheat to have a rubbing alcohol smell and the Barley wasn't interesting at all - kind of weak and boring. Maybe the bottles were off but they were brand new. This is one of those situations where a few dollars spent on a flight in a bar more than paid for itself in the savings realized by not buying a bottle.

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    Re: New Masterson's Straight Barley and Straight Wheat Whiskeys

    Quote Originally Posted by WhiskyRI View Post
    I got a chance to taste these this week. I like the Masterson's Rye - I did not like either the Wheat or the Barley which surprised me. I found the Wheat to have a rubbing alcohol smell and the Barley wasn't interesting at all - kind of weak and boring. Maybe the bottles were off but they were brand new. This is one of those situations where a few dollars spent on a flight in a bar more than paid for itself in the savings realized by not buying a bottle.
    I liked the Barley well enough. But I did compare it H2H with Green Spot and there really didn't seem to be that much in common side by side. The Green Spot was better, as was the Powers John's Lane Signature Release, but the Barley was decent. Would be even better at about half the cost though.

    Then again, wouldn't everything!
    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

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    Re: New Masterson's Straight Barley and Straight Wheat Whiskeys

    The local mega store just dropped the price on the Barley to $30 so I decided to try a bottle since some said it might be worth it at a lower price point.

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    Re: New Masterson's Straight Barley and Straight Wheat Whiskeys

    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    The local mega store just dropped the price on the Barley to $30 so I decided to try a bottle since some said it might be worth it at a lower price point.
    I would have liked it much better at $30! Neither seem to sell that well here but the Barley to me is superior to the Wheat. I had intended to play with them as a components of a blend including the Rye as well but never quite got around to it.
    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

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