Tasting it neat, the initial impression is caramel, cloves, and vanilla. It has a rich palate, with a finish that lasts for about ten minutes.
The beer flavors stand out with a bit of dilution, experiencing it with a cube of ice during the heat of summer. The hop spice is enhanced, along with all the 2 row barley flavors. Again, a long-lasting body with an extremely smooth finish.
This 96-proof whiskey definitely holds up to a splash of water or cube of ice, and will make exquisite whiskey-based cocktails. Its currently drinking well, and will handle many years in the bottle. As the flavors will develop and deepen even more with time, we recommend enjoying some now and tucking a case away for special occasions 20 to 30 years from now.
At Amador Whiskey Company, we partner with the finest craft distillers to create limited-edition, luxury whiskeys. Our first release was crafted by the Charbay® Distillery Master Distillers Miles and Marko Karakasevic. A blend of 60% straight malt whiskey and 40% hop-flavored whiskey distilled from a craft IPA beer, the components were aged separately for over two years in French oak wine barrels, and then “married in our family chardonnay barrels for another year before being bottled. We only made ten barrels of this superb spirit and we hope you find it as special as we do.