Last Feather Rye Whiskey Review
Bubblegum and banana bread. This rye is unique and delicious.
Type: Rye Whiskey
Distillery: Journeyman Distillery
Proof: 90 proof
This is a wheat-heavy, organic rye whiskey. The mash bill is 60% rye and 40% wheat. For more information on this rye, check the link above.
Light amber with a gold tint.
Whoa! I've never found this note in a whiskey before, but it's just like opening a fresh pack of bubble gum. I'm talking pink Bubblicious. I can't wait to dive into this based on that alone. Beyond that, vanilla and banana bread are next. A slight ethanol note kicks up, but it plays nicely with the sugary elements. There's also a bit of oak and rye, but the sweet notes are the star of the show here.
The banana note carries over to the palate, though here it's more like the fruit than banana bread. Creme brulee, followed by rye spice, and vanilla follow. Rounding things out are tobacco and a hint of oak.
This is a short to medium finish with just the right amount of kick. I could use a little more spice, but what's there is very nice.
Ryes can be very hit or miss in my opinion. A lot of them are overly spicy or bitter and carry none of the pleasant sweetness of a good whiskey. This rye does not suffer from that fate. This is one of the sweetest ryes I've ever tasted, but that's a good thing. The bubble gum and banana flavors are fantastic and there's enough spice that it still keeps its character as a rye whiskey. If you've tried rye in the past and haven't liked it, I encourage you to give this one a shot. If you're already a big rye drinker, this one will be different from anything else you've had. When this bottle runs out, I'll be picking up another.
This sample was provided at no cost by Journeyman Distillery. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
This is a general guide of what I consider each score range
4.75 - 5.00: Phenomenal. Hard to imagine anything better. Acquire at any cost.
4.25 - 4.50: Excellent. I'll camp out to get a bottle if necessary.
3.75 - 4.00: Great stuff. I'll buy backups if not too expensive.
3.25 - 3.50: Good stuff. Try to keep one on the bar, but don't spend too much.
2.75 - 3.00: Not bad. I don't regret the purchase, but may not buy another.
2.25 - 2.50: Sub-par. I regret the purchase. Reserved for mixed drinks.
1.75 - 2.00: Bad. I'll struggle to finish the bottle. May not want it in cocktails.
0.00 - 1.50: Drain-pour. Something seems wrong with it. Get it away.