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    "Noreaster" bourbon from Triple Eight

    Anybody bought/tried Triple Eight Distillery's recent bourbon, called "Noreaster?"

    It's made on Nantucket. As I live in Massachusetts I bought a bottle mostly as a novelty. I hesitate to open it becuase it could very well be nasty, and also because it seemed to fly off the shelf, making it fairly scarce. If it's going to be kept strictly as a conversation piece, I don't want to open it.

    I can't find it on the Triple 8 website, or this site, or any other site.


    Anybody actually tasted it??

    It's not the same as the Notch whiskey they released (as in "not scotch" but in that style) last year.
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    Is this the first bourbon released by a new concern since the 1950's? This product would be significant from that standpoint alone.

    The last new bourbon (from a new company) was Maker's Mark from about 1955.

    Can you describe the bottle, the color of the whiskey, any age indicated, ABV, etc.?

    Gary

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    There is a photo or reproduction of the bottle on the website (www.ciscobrewers.com), look in the April '06 newsletter where it is shown in a group of other products including a rum and what I think is a tequila.

    The question is whether the bourbon was distilled at Triple 8 distillery in Nantucket, MA which seems connected somehow to Cisco Brewers, a well-known microbrewery there.

    The bottle is a clear glass rounded decanter-type bottle. You can't tell any aging or production details from the picture which is rather indistinct.

    If there is confirmation this is made at the distillery (not made in Kentucky and simply bearing the house name and trade dress) this is a very significant find, the first bourbon (as far as I know) put in the market by a new distillery since the Maker's Mark in the 1950's. And it would be a maritime bourbon to boot, whose aging was influenced by the sea winds.

    Any taste notes on such a product would be most intriguing for all of us here I am sure.

    Gary
    Last edited by Gillman; 10-26-2006 at 07:14.

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    Forgive me if this is stupid, but how can a bourbon be from Massachusetts?

    I would love to try it though, a little taste of home.
    Tim

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    Bourbon legally can be made in any part of the U.S. and at one time was made in a number of States outside Kentucky.

    Hirsch 16 was made in Pennsylvania...

    Gary

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    I emailed Jay Harman at Cisco about this a while back. The bourbon is NOT distilled on Nantucket. His email stated that they barreled and aged the spirit on the island. He wouldn't tell me where he gets it though. I explained that I would like to compare a comparable product from the mother distillery to see how aging on the Island affects the flavor. Still no love. I need to get out there some day and look for evidence...

    I have not tried it yet either, I need to talk a store manager into cracking one open for a taste.

    Cheers,
    Mike

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    Thanks, Mike. The fact that it is aged on Nantucket still makes it distinctive but not as much as if it was distilled there.

    Maybe this is an interim product and they are currently aging their own-distilled product.

    Gary

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    Thanks for the information guys. You really did your homework!

    In exchange I'll post a picture of my bottle. I may see if I can find another. If so, I'll crack it open and have a taste. Certainly will report back. Otherwise, see my original post about keeping it as a conversation piece.
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    I'm really curious if it's any good.
    Tim

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    Had a taste at Kingfish Hall in Boston last weekend. Pleasant, but not too distinctive. Wasn't in enough of a tasting setting to make a guess as to the distillery, but definitely not a bottom shelf private label bottling.

 

 

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