masterson’s 10 year old unmalted barley

Alc.46%

Bottle:

These are the coolest bottles going. Very clean presentation. The label is an old 20’s prohibition style of newspaper hosts a mustachioed man in a derby. Topped with a clean, sleek wood cork.

 

Nose:

Something vegetal like wet hay. Virgin oak sets before barley and lacquer. Smoky tender fruit like bartletts and golden plums. Upturned roots, and red worms dug up for fishing. A slight sourness before the nutty barley. After some airing, the lacquer turns to cheap schnapps, with garden mint. Lots of decaying vegetation in this nose.

Palate:

Oily palate with hot chiles up front, not letting up until a sweetening finish with some hard cinnamon candies. Slightly yeasty barley sugar and nuance of bbq sauce, strangely enough. Cut grass and foamy banana candies. Extremely unusual character.

Please note:

This seems to defy the laws of whisky. this doesn’t thrive on the typical vanilla, toffee, caramel and pepper. Instead, pepper is first, with the charred barrel flavours taking a backseat to some strange barley characters. Summer gardening and barnyard.

Masterson’s currently contracts their inventory from Alberta distillers, the same guys responsible for Alberta premium. It is blended, then bottled and shipped by ‘the other guys’ wine company, based in California. This whisky is crafted from unmalted barley, which is a first for me. Just like the palate, which is quite…. alien.

 

Overall score: 91

Unique sipper perfect for sharing.