Price Point: $45 – $55 for 750 ML
Distiller: Corsair Artisan LLC
If you saw my review of Angel’s Envy, you know that I am more skeptical about innovation in whiskey than most other bloggers. I do my best to review solely on the quality of the whiskey, without letting the distillation and aging processes influence me (too much).
Corsair Triple Smoke is another whiskey that bends some of the rules. This is an American whiskey (not considered a bourbon), which uses malt in the tradition of Scotch instead of corn and rye.
Corsair Artisan’s website defines their whiskey in this way: “We take three fractions of malted barley, each smoked by a different fuel – cherry wood, peat, and beechwood – to craft this deeply complex whiskey. Pot distilled then barreled in new charred oak, Triple Smoke has the sweetness and barrel notes of an American Whiskey and a single malt’s rich smoke, broadened by tones of cherry and beech.”
From the nose alone, you can quickly tell that Corsair Triple Smoke is made from malt and not corn or rye like other American whiskeys. It has a similar bread-like nose to Bruichladdich Rocks, with a little bit of spice. There’s a hint of peat and smoke, but only a hint despite the label. It’s still strangely American despite its homage to Scotland.
Triple Smoke has a really nice balance of sweet and spicy, fruit and peat. This is a very, very malty whiskey, and is very complex. There is just the faintest hint of bourbon in the taste with perhaps a little mint (pine needle?). I found myself tasting something new every time I picked up my glass.
The finish is relatively gentle but also lengthy; a pleasure. There was a little bit of a “bourbon tingle” on the back-end, which I found very intriguing.
Rating & Recommendations
Corsair Triple Smoke has me all confused about American whiskey, but easily earned a nice rating of 87 out of 100.
The people at Corsair Artisan have implemented a nice bit of experimentation with this truly unique expression. They certainly have the potential to gain some traction and some big fans!