Adirondack High Rye Bourbon Whiskey
Like a lot of craft distillers, Springbrook Hollow Farm values locally grown ingredients, and producing spirits in small batches. The unique element for Springbrook Hollow Farm is the water. They use a local water source that is “unfiltered” and has higher content of calcium and magnesium. Those are the secret water compounds that make a great-tasting cup of light roasted coffee, and they also bring out the malt character in beer. The water is unprocessed and delivered via a wooden pipeline, which has been used since the beginning of the town.
Adirondack High Rye Bourbon was distilled in a custom copper pot, and released at the end of July 2016. It was aged for two years presumably in new charred oak, with a corn, barley, and rye mash bill in unspecified proportions, but with a higher than typical percentage of rye. They age in the smaller barrels customary for many craft distilleries.
Tasting NotesAppearance: Burnt orange, crystal clear. They got a lot of color for such a young spirit. Legs are medium and pretty slow. Definitely leaves a lasting skyline on the glass after a swirl.
Nose: Sweet and fruity nose with notes of gingerbread, apples, figs, dates, and a hint of wood.
Palate: A touch of heat, some orange, sugar cookie, and oak mingling with the burn, and a touch of bitterness. Not too complex, which is expected given the age. Alcohol dominates the clean and drying finish, which is characteristic of higher levels of rye.