This past weekend my boyfriend and I made a trip up to Vermont for the day. It was an impromptu trip that reminded me of two things: One, I hadn’t written a blog post in a while and Two, recently Frank (from the Omni Parker Hotels Last Hurrah) had us try a whiskey from Vermont that surprised us both, Ridgeline Vermont Whiskey. Thanks again Frank!
Ridgeline is the first whiskey put out by Appalachian Gap Distillery. The mash is, 45% barley, 30% corn and 25% rye. The whiskey is double distilled and what makes this a unique whiskey is that they aged the whiskey in ex-bourbon barrels, new American oak barrels, and port wine barrels. Each batch is distinctly different from another.
Nose: wood, vanilla and fruit
Palate: vanilla, leather, spice, wood and notes of sweetness
Finish: slightly sweet and full of spice
Naturally, after tasting it I researched what people were saying about this whiskey and what I found was a bit of a mix bag. I did find that there is a lot going on in this whiskey but, that is not necessarily a bad thing.
It’s a Vermont whiskey because they are not trying to compare themselves to the normal bourbons or other American Whiskey’s out there. And for that, I found their approach to be quite refreshing. It is complex and unique enough that it’s worth trying.
We enjoyed it so much that we did end up purchasing our own bottle. It is sweet, full of spice and at times reminiscent of an Irish whiskey with a slight burn. What is more surprising, the smoothness of the whiskey. This whiskey is smooth, and I found it to be quite delicious.
If this Thanksgiving you are looking not to break the bank (cost around $38-$40) and want to try something different, give this a try.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.