Price Point: $35 – $45 for 750 ML
Distiller: Asheville Distilling Company
Part of being a reviewer is trying things you think you won’t like. If I only reviewed things I knew I would like, this blog would be incredibly boring. All my ratings would be 90+ and (although I like to think I have diverse tastes) most of my reviews would be similar whiskeys.
However, I make an effort to get out of my comfort zone and give everything a try. If you read my review of Dad’s Hat White Rye, you know that I really don’t like white dog whiskey, or anything close to it. But, it’s something that whiskey drinkers are experimenting with, so I should stick with it and try the different variations.
Troy & Sons isn’t quite white dog – it spends a minimal time in the barrel to give it a little color and some more flavor. But will it fall short of aged whiskey?
The nose is certainly reminiscent of white dog (new spirit), only much more interesting than usual. Troy & Sons Oak Reserve possesses the high notes of a Canadian and the floral notes of a Speyside.
The taste is smooth considering its youth, although you should expect that at 40% ABV. Oak Reserve is light and peppery with plenty of sweetness from the six months it spends in an oak barrel.
There’s nice touch of sweet caramel on the finish.
Rating & Recommendations
Troy & Sons Oak Reserve was much better than expected, earning an 80 out of 100.
This was a big surprise to me considering my general hatred of white dog. I wouldn’t call this a great whiskey, but it’s a step in the right direction for under-aged spirits.