The saying goes “don’t cry over spilled milk,” I counter however that you do cry over spilled whiskey. Out of all the years of being an amateur whiskey blogger this is the first time I’ve broken a whiskey bottle. Yes, this went down as I tried to take product pictures. But… after a few tears were wiped, we were able to salvage a sip. We triple filtered what was left to ensure it was safe to consume. Although it was just a sip, it was enough for me to write this review.
This bottle was given to us as a gift from the Hotel Commonwealth in Boston after we hosted our wedding at their hotel. Knowing our love for whiskey it was very kind of them, so it was very sad when it broke. Sorry Allison!
Ok, enough of the pity party, Boxergrail celebrates Louisville’s boxing heritage and pays homage to the cities prized world championships. The mash bill contains only two grains, rye (95%) and malted barley (5%). It’s 47.5% abv and is matured in American White Oak barrels.
Nose: spices, vanilla and butterscotch
Palate: silky, spices, caramel and vanilla
Finish: smooth, spices and light sweetness
From what we tasted, I was extremely surprised on how light the rye is for it being 95% rye. If you aren’t a rye fan this is a rye whiskey you will enjoy. It’s silky smooth, full of spices and had a very nice lingering sweetness you get hit with on every sip.
We will have to look for another bottle for us to truly sample this further but the little bit we tasted was pretty darn good.
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.