Tommyrotter Triple Barrel American Whiskey Review
An easy, fruit-forward drinker that goes down smooth
Type: American Whiskey
Distillery: Distilleries in TN and IN
Proof: 92 proof
Age: NAS, but the youngest whiskey in this blend is aged for 1 year
Retail: Around $40
This whiskey is positioned as a union of three aged whiskeys, finished in French Oak wine barrels. For more information on this whiskey, check the link above.
Very light amber, almost more yellow than amber. Not unexpected with the 1yr age note.
There's very little ethanol on the nose, which is nice as it allows you to really find those other notes. Right away I notice there's a nice grape essence that brings to mind the few cognacs I've tried. There's more fruit here as well. I'm getting faint green apple and even a little banana. There's a touch of vanilla and caramel but both are mostly pushed to the background by the grape. The nose is mild and pleasant.
The wine qualities from the nose definitely show up on the palate as well, but they aren't overpowering. This is definitely still a whiskey, it just presents itself with some subtle wine characteristics. I also get a flash of oak up front which I didn't really expect. Past that, I find the more traditional whiskey notes of vanilla and leather. There's an earthy rye characteristic at the tail end of this one as well. Sometimes, finishing a whiskey takes it too far away from the base product, but in this case, I think it's a nice touch and adds complexity to the underlying spirit. It's a nice marriage of different flavor profiles and I believe it created a better product than they would've had with this same whiskey but no finishing.
This is a short/medium finish. There's very little burn at any stage of this pour, but the spice lingers longer than I expected on the tail end. It drinks like a 90 proof whiskey, but the finish hangs on long enough that you could confuse this for something a little stronger.
This is an easy sipper. The traditional whiskey notes are there, and the wine finish adds a nice touch to round things out and sweeten everything up a bit. The whiskey used is a little on the young side, so this may not be for you if you're looking for big, bold flavors, but it's no slouch. I'd love to see this same bottle with a couple additional years of aging, but as-is, it's an enjoyable whiskey with some unique fruit notes and aromas. I think this is a great introduction or crossover bottle for somebody looking to broaden their palate outside traditional bourbon and whiskey.
This sample was provided at no cost by Tommyrotter 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.