Lock Stock & Barrel 18 Year Whiskey
Lock Stock & Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey is double
distilled from a rare mash bill of 100 percent rye grain. A “robust cut” is
selected by master distillers, then the unfiltered spirit is aged in new
charred American Oak barrels in cold weather. Lock Stock & Barrel 18-year
is explosively flavorful and intense, yet perfectly balanced with notes that
suggest hot, buttered gingerbread, dried peach, toasted pecan, ripe honeydew
and tobacco leaf.
On the nose, LS&B 18 demonstrates huge rye spice—one
of the most intensely “rye grain” whiskeys I’ve had in quite a while. There’s
also big citrus tangerine like notes, and some stone fruit, followed by pepper,
baking spices, dill and wood that is almost “piney” in nature.
On the palate, LS&B 18 is big, sweet and spicy. It’s
honestly one of the richer, more decadent ryes I’ve ever tasted—all that time
in the wood has given it so much barrel character and sucked so much flavor out
of the char that it transcends the expected “drier” rye whiskey profile and may
remind you more of an overproof bourbon, albeit one with tons of spicy rye. The
actual flavor of oak isn’t particularly omnipresent, but the fruit and spice
certainly are. This stuff coats the palate and bursts with notes of citrus,
stone fruit and baking spice imagine sweet mandarin orange slices, rolled in
cinnamon sugar. The finish is a long, drawn-out kiss of spices.