Redemption Bourbon is sourcing and mixing a few of the best bourbons on the shelf at this time. That truth was simply reaffirmed by two of their bourbons taking residence high honors on the world’s largest spirits awards, the 2021 International Wine & Spirits Competition.
Redemption’s 9-year Barrel Proof Bourbon took home a “Gold Excellent” medal. In response to the judges on the competitors this 12 months, that whiskey scored a minimum of 98/100 factors. That alone is sufficient to give Grasp Blender Dave Carpenter and the entire crew over at Redemption trigger to have a good time.
The cherry on high was that their 10-year Barrel Proof Excessive Rye Bourbon took home the highest award as each the highest-scoring bourbon (99/100) and top-rated American whiskey this 12 months. And that’s the expression we’re speaking about at this time. We’ll get all 16 winners slightly later this week.
I used to be fortunate sufficient to taste this bourbon whiskey with Carpenter a couple of brief months in the past and have been having fun with this expression fairly a bit since then. Make sure that to click on on the worth if you wish to give this one a whirl too.
Redemption 10 12 months Barrel Proof Excessive Rye Bourbon
Common Worth: $100
Redemption has a knack for sourcing a few of the finest barrels from MGP in Indiana. This multi-award-winning bourbon begins off with a base mash invoice of 60 p.c corn, 36 p.c rye, and 4 p.c barley. After ten years of maturation, the barrels are expertly vatted to make a extremely sippable bourbon expertise. That marriage of bourbons then goes into the bottle — uncut and unfiltered.
There’s a woody vanilla and floral honey vibe on the nostril with a contact of just about burnt toffee and worn leather-based. Espresso beans combine with a dab of smoky bacon fats that leads in the direction of a barely bitter black peppercorn. Slight creamy vanilla leads in the direction of a touch of sentimental cherry sweetness because the pepperiness edges in the direction of lemon pepper soaked in honey, with a slight word of inexperienced reeds on the finish. The end dries out and amps up the spiciness as a touch of darkish chocolate lingers on the very finish.
Redemption makes use of fairly distinctive bottles. The squat glass bottles really feel bespoke and have a severe heft to them. The cork is held in with a little bit of twine, which is a pleasant contact. Total, this can be a good-looking bottle that stands out on any bar cart.
Though this didn’t win our Barrel Proof blind taste test, I did have this to say about this one. “This was refined and good. In truth, I’ve dipped into this one fairly a bit over the months. That being stated, it didn’t fairly hit the heights I believed it might towards this line-up. Which is ok — it nonetheless tasted fairly rattling nice.”
Tasting it once more at this time and I stand by that. It is a nice sip that by no means disappoints. It’s refined, filled with basic high-rye bourbon notes, and very easy to sip neat.
95/100 — Yeah, that is fairly nice, although I clearly differ with the IWSC judges slightly. It’s advanced whereas nonetheless being comprehensible. All in all, it’s simple to see why people dig this one a lot.