This whiskey was pitched to me as a collaboration with “a highly acclaimed band,” in bold, to which I said sure, send me some. Well, I have never heard of Whiskey Myers, but I can appreciate this whiskey — a sourced two year old Kentucky Bourbon made with a high-rye mash bill (70% corn, 21% rye, 9% barley) and bottled by the Dripping Springs, Texas-based Treaty Oak Distilling. Note that there’s no relation to the Treaty Oak Distilling Red Handed Rye 10 Years Old that we reviewed three years ago.
For a mere 2 year old whiskey, this release has a surprising amount of maturity. A nutty nose evokes almond, caramel, milk chocolate, and sesame, touched with a light hand of barrel char and clove-heavy baking spice. The corny pungency and overload of oak typical in young whiskeys don’t really materialize here, nor on the palate, which is surprisingly rounded and creamy, heavy on the vanilla with notes of milk chocolate, cinnamon, a lighter clove character, and notes of flambeed banana. Gently sweet on the finish, the whiskey keeps giving, never detouring back to oak, hinting at coconut, a reprise of chocolate, and the lightest touch of rhubarb. A bit on the straightforward side, but surprisingly soulful and engaging.
A- / $40