Sunday Evening Review
The Bengals today head into the Super Bowl “ahead of schedule.” No one before the season thought they had enough on the team to even get to the playoffs. Same can be said for Chattanooga Whiskey. Next month they will celebrate their 7th year producing their own whiskey but in that short time they have shaken up the whiskey industry leaning heavily into a high malt mash bill they call Tennessee High Malt. Today I will review their 91 proof variety. Let’s see if it is ready for the big time.
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NAME – Chattanooga Whiskey 91
PROOF – 91
AGE – non-age stated but website says aged at least 2 years
COLOR – new copper penny (1.4 tawny on the Whiskey Magazine Color Chart)
NOSE – Malty pilsner beer, cream of wheat, amber honey, cherry pie, sweet oak
TASTE – Dark honey and malted grains grab you at the front. There is some sweet black tea, tobacco, leather, toast oak and decent amount of vanilla
FINISH – I would call this a short to medium to long finish. The toast oak, leather and vanilla find their way until the end but the ending comes a little quick.
REVIEW – This whiskey I think lends itself to someone that wants to get into American whiskey and is coming from being a beer drinker. The maltiness is very evident and the lower proof point makes it very approachable. There is almost no hint of ethanol anywhere. That being said if you are proof hound that requires a oily mouth feel and a finish that last a day and half, this won’t be your pour. I would high suggest grabbing their 111 and you will be much happier. Its why they make both.
FINAL COMMENTS – What I feel is so interesting about Chattanooga Whiskey is the rebellious nature that they have come at it. They have fought the government, traditional whiskey making and just about anywhere they can go against the grain. They always feel like they are just this side of bootlegging.
Some interesting facts of the whiskey, a month-by-month release of 10 single barrels, selected from the first 100 produced at the Experimental Distillery – culminating with Barrel #91, the future flagship recipe. That recipe consists of Yellow Corn, Malted Rye, Caramel Malted Barley & Honey Malted Barley (now you know where all that maltiness comes from). After aging more than 2 years in both toasted and charred barrels, Chattanooga Whiskey 91 utilizes their version of the Solera finishing process. They bring together nearly 100 barrels into a 4000-gallon, charred, white oak Solera finishing barrel, which never goes empty.
See what I mean. They just do it different.
To find out more check it out here – Chattanooga Whiskey 91
You can look at all the past Sunday Evenings Reviews and I would still love to hear what your personal reviews are from each of the whiskies reviewed.