Whiskey: The crash boom
A decade into America’s craft distillery boom, “it is a great time to be a whiskey fan,” said Clay Risen in the online magazine Punch. The nation’s distillery count has jumped from about 250 to 1,700, goosed in part by the 2008 financial crash and the creative folks it put out of work. Below, three variations on the whiskey theme from that generation.
New Southern Revival Sorghum Whiskey ($57). Sorghum gives this South Carolina whiskey “a nose of banana candy and a creamy palate.” It balances “earthy graininess” with a cake-batter note.
Dad’s Hat Rye ($48). The mid-Atlantic has gone big on rye, led by products like this throwback. “It tastes of peppers and cherries, with a soulful herbal note.”
Buggy Whip Wheat Whiskey ($46). Wheat whiskeys remain rare, but here’s one from Michigan worth finding. “On the palate it resembles a delicate rum.”
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