Dec 01

Troy & Sons Oak Reserve Whiskey – Review

Troy and Sons Oak ReserveTroy & Sons Oak Reserve Heirloom Moonshine Whiskey

80 Proof

Price Point: $35 – $45 for 750 ML

Distiller: Asheville Distilling Company

 

Background

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?

 

Review

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.

 

-Ryan

3 comments

    • kyle on December 3, 2014 at 4:23 pm
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    For the person that travels what stores carry your products an what states

      • Ryan on December 10, 2014 at 6:35 pm
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      Anybody from Troy & Sons care to chime in?

      -Ryan

    • Ron Thomas on January 24, 2016 at 12:16 pm
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    My brother-in-law just gave me a bottle of Troy & Sons Oak and although I am fairly dedicated to Jack Daniels, exploring new tastes is a pleasurable adventure. I found the Troy to be quite enjoyable. Aroma, sweetness, a slight taste of caramel and oak will allow this bottle to earn a permanent place in my liqueur cabinet. I believe this was purchased in Fort Smith, Arkansas. It was a gift to my brother-in-law and he wasn’t sure where it was originally sold. Anyway, I’d give it a B+ or 7.5 out of 10 rating for what my opinion is worth!

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