Michigan-based Wonderland Distilling is releasing a limited-edition, cask-strength whiskey into the market this month.
This Cask strength whiskey is created from individually aged rye, corn and wheat whiskies. The official tasting notes suggest an aroma of brown sugar, butterscotch, caramel popcorn and pumpernickel toast. Hints of plum and dried fruits contrast with rye spice and white pepper to provide complexity. Heavy oak, toffee and bold vanilla dominate the medium-length finish.
Wonderland whiskey sets to create what’s described by the brand as a consistent flavor profile by distilling, barreling and aging them separately, then blending them after maturation. The distillery uses Michigan ingredients – grains, fruits, botanicals and wood, combined with fresh Lake Michigan water and distilled through stainless stills, as well.
“We are handcrafting other spirits as well, including gin and vodka, but overall Wonderland is a whiskey distillery, and our cocktail bar is a whiskey bar. For the serious whiskey drinkers, we’re kicking it up a few notches with this release that’s not proofed down, which really showcases the intense depth of flavors in our blending process.”CEO of Wonderland Distilling Company Mark Gongalski said in a prepared statement.
“Now that we’ve had some time to settle into our space and experiment a bit with flavor profiles and new aging techniques for our spirits, our customers can expect to see some more interesting releases coming later this year. We want to continue innovating and pushing the limits, to ensure we’re bottling the very best of what Michigan has to offer. This whiskey will truly be a collector’s item for any whiskey lover.”Chief Marketing Officer Allen Serio added
The distillery’s second product follows the launch of its first product, a Blend of Straight Whiskeys, created from individually- aged rye, corn, and wheat whiskeys. Wonderland’s whiskeys are blended using the traditional Canadian method, with each grain—corn, wheat, and rye—distilled on its own.
Tasting Notes By Whiskey Wash
For Wonderland Blend of Straight Whiskeys
Vital Stats: 84 proof, 42% ABV. Blend of 100% Michigan rye and wheat whiskeys along with a 100% corn whiskey. ~ $44 per 750ml bottle.
Appearance: A burnt orange, similar to a heavily steeped green tea. Upon a swirl, noticed sparse, slow legs along the glass.
Nose: This one starts off on the sweeter side for sure. Smoked honey with a bit of green apple and a hint of black pepper. Definitely invokes a sense of fall flavors.
Palate: I found this whiskey to be fairly indicative of the grains blended into it. Naturally, the wheat and corn elements bring an influence of the fruit and honey notes. In this respect, imagine honeydew glazed with a touch of honey. However, the rye part of the blend does show up to the party towards the finish with some peppery notions.
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