Corsair Triple Smoke Review: American Artisan Whiskey of the Year

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Corsair Small Batch Triple Smoke
80 Proof
$50

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to get down to Nashville, TN.  My three favorite things when traveling are checking out the local food, beer and whiskey.  While the local food and beer are more known about, Nashville brings to you a great whiskey that was much less know.  Last year, it finally got it’s recognition as being Whiskey Advocate’s American Artisan Whiskey of the Year.  Well done, as this whiskey deserves it.  Now, I know your thinking that this is not a bourbon, your right.  But, it was made in American, and it’s damn good.

Triple Smoke is made from three batches of malt.  Each of them smoked with either Peat, Cherrywood or Beechwood.  The peat is traditional for most Scottish Whisky, the beech would be familiar to those who like smokey German rachbier and they say the cherry is just for some fun.

Each one of the three smokes comes out well in the whiskey.  The peat is the flavor and smell I am most familiar with, so it comes out the most.  It seems to coat throughout the palate from the first sip.  You then pick up hints of the cherrywood and a bit of a brown sugar sweetness you can find in some bourbons.  The flavor ends with a combination of that brown sugar and peat.  Honestly, I have no clue what beechwood smoke tastes like, so I don’t find it at all in the whiskey.

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this.  It is definitely not my normal cup of tea, but a great whiskey with a good backbone and nice smoke throughout.

Overall 8/10
Value 7.5/10 at $50 a bottle, the review is not brought down much, but I would personally buy it only around $40.

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