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    Defiant American Single Malt Whisky

    yes, they spell it "whisky". This is from Blue Ridge Distilling Co., Bostic NC. It's interesting that they don't claim direct lineage to oldtime moonshiners since if ya go west of Bostic ya start getting into some serious history, especially from prohibition and post-prohibition years. They seem to show more integrity than many other companies in that their advertising seems honest and does not try to misrepresent or overstate the product.

    Its color suggests some years in a barrel but it has a VERY young taste. No wood flavor to go along with no age statement. Curious to know if they use used barrels along with their advertised 100% malted barley. Perhaps it's because I've got this year's Woodford Malt on the mind; but nose was reminiscent of Woodford, especially made me think of the Woodford Sweet Mash. Since this is a newer product, I suspect it is a sweet mash in line with other "whisky." Nose certainly not as strong as Woodford. Flavor also made me think of what a vatting of Woodford and corn whiskey would taste like. Surprising amount of bite for 82 proof. Floaties in the bottom of bottle suggested non-chill filtered but dropping an ice cube in the glass got no result. Almost zero aftertaste.

    this goes in the huge category of overpriced craft. It cost me about $52. When they have some material with more age, then it probably will be more interesting. If you like experimenting with a lot of different flavors and craft distilleries and have lots of $$ falling out of your pocket then perhaps give it a shot.

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    Re: Defiant American Single Malt Whisky

    The price doesn't bother me for a craft or trying something new but I'll pass with it only being 82 proof.

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    Re: Defiant American Single Malt Whisky

    Saw this on the shelf today. Can't recall the price but I am guessing at least $40+ like most "craft" spirit. Apparently they have decided barrels are unnecessary and can make young 100% malt whisky taste beyond its years, or should I say months, by sticking some toasted oak boards in it. At least they do make it themselves it would appear.

    Maybe they can but I am at best guarded in my level of confidence no matter what Ms. Orchant may think. 82 proof doesn't help it much either.

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    Re: Defiant American Single Malt Whisky

    That's one generic-ass looking label.

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    Re: Defiant American Single Malt Whisky

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOldKyDram View Post
    That's one generic-ass looking label.
    yeah, someone lacks imagination, and/or basic computer imaging skills

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    Re: Defiant American Single Malt Whisky

    Got the pattern down though, low age, low proof, high price.
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    Re: Defiant American Single Malt Whisky

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Got the pattern down though, low age, low proof, high price.
    If I saw one at 92 proof, I would go for it.

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    Re: Defiant American Single Malt Whisky

    Saw this on the shelf for the first time @ $55. It seems that $50 is the starting price point for most if not all "craft" (cough, cough) whiskeys.

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    Re: Defiant American Single Malt Whisky

    Quote Originally Posted by TunnelTiger View Post
    It seems that $50 is the starting price point for most if not all "craft" (cough, cough) whiskeys.
    Undeniable proof that sometimes we don't get what we pay for.
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    Re: Defiant American Single Malt Whisky

    This is fantastic stuff. I love to try new things, and the best thing I say about Defiant is that when the first bottle ran out, I went out and got another,

    This is very, very unusual whiskey. It's not a bourbon, and will appeal most to open minded scotch drinkers. It's a single malt, no corn, wheat or rye, and has the smoky nose you'd expect from an island malt, As a point of reference, it reminds me most of Ledaig (the peated version of Tobormory), with that sort of new bike tire thing going on. I think it is complex and delicious, perfect for consuming with barbeque.

    It is aged not much more than 60 days. They use charred oak shavings and immerse the spirit in it. I don't know anyone else who ages whiskey like this, although the idea seems to be similar to the small barrel aging used by many craft distillers, to increase the spirit's contact with the charred wood.

    As far as I'm concerned, it works. Comparing it to its American malted barley-based peers, I like it better than McCarthy's and Corsair Triple Smoke (both similar in style, but Defiant is more balanced) , and it's LOT less expensive than Balcones Single Malt (which is to die for).

    I've bought this in Elkton, Maryland for $40- not cheap, but not overpriced like many craft products.
    Last edited by Jazzhead; 01-04-2015 at 16:03.

 

 

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