Distiller: Craft Distillers/Germain-Robin. ABV: 43.1%. Mashbill: 100% Malted Bavarian Hard Wheat. Price: $65-75.
Crispin Cain of the American Craft Whiskey Distillery has been distilling for 20 years, and producing a variety of Low Gap whiskeys for about the past five. The distillery itself is one of the oldest microdistillers in America, dating back to 1982.
My favorite Low Gap so far has been single barrel No. 1 of the Two-Year-Old Bavarian Hard Wheat–winner of 2012 Artisan Whiskey of the Year by Whiskey Advocate. It’s distilled on Germain-Robin’s renowned copper cognac still from a mashbill of 100% malted Bavarian wheat, and aged in a new oak barrel.
The nose is heavily spiced, but the taste is surprisingly smooth, with floral notes dancing above the expected wheat profile–a balance of honey and light tropical fruits. There is a silky, medium-long finish.
I’m looking forward to tasting the non-single barrel version of the four-year-old Bavarian Wheat for comparison–along with the other good things Crispin Cain keeps cooking up.
Cheers! – JTR