Cask finishing is all the rage in the whiskey world, as distilleries look for different ways to add flavor to their spirits.
A new rye whiskey from Kentucky Peerless is taking the trend to a new level with absinthe casks.
Absinthe is an anise-flavored spirit that is made using various botanicals.
It’s usually high proof, green in color, and has been hailed for its reputed hallucinogenic effects, which are much exaggerated.
Master distiller Caleb Kilburn explained, “I wanted something that would provide the perfect contrasting notes to allow both the rye and the absinthe to be appreciated. Bold, exciting, intriguing, and bursting at the seams with flavor, this crossover is the perfect example of what few artisans with big ambitions can accomplish when they come together.”
According to the distillery, the whiskey was “exposed” to two separate casks and the product has notes of candied licorice on the nose, followed by orange, oak, cinnamon, sweet grass and, yes, absinthe on the palate.
— Peerless Distilling (@kypeerless) October 24, 2022
Have you ever had absinthe? How did it affect you?