Shenk’s Homestead Sourmash Whiskey 2019 45.6% ABV

“The distillery which eventually became Michter’s was initially founded in 1753 by a gentleman called John Shenk.

This sour mash whiskey is named in honour of Shenk’s legacy, and is produced in limited numbers each year. The 2019 release was bottled at 45.6% ABV, with notes of caramel, cherry oak and burnt sugar. 2,920 bottles were produced.” – Nickolls & Perks

Colour: Deep amber/blood orange juice.

Nose: There’s a lot going on, which is great, nice and complex. Orange peel, what I imagine a dairy creamery (thick richness, umptious) would smell like, caramel (maybe slightly burnt sugar), sponge cake and slight spice. The depth of flavour matches, if not exceeds, the rich amber colour.

Palate: Chocolate in a glass. Still in the dairy! Thick, syrupy, buttery goodness. Beyond oily! The sponge cake is still there in spades, as is the spiciness which is slightly more prominent now. Cloves show up, along with plenty of malt and oak.

Finish: Buttery and sweet with a hint of the charred oak.

Overall: Good lord this is a great whiskey! Top 5, if not top 3 for me!

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