Ratings

Ranger Creek .44 Texas Rye Whiskey Review

.44 Rye

Name: Ranger Creek .44 Texas Rye Whiskey

ABV: 47%

Proof: 94

Age: 7 Months

Notes: On the nose this rye has a very strong aroma of black pepper and anise. On the palate there is a crisp apple flavor with smooth honey, vanilla, caramel, and toffee flavors. The finish is spicy with black pepper and cinnamon upfront with some familiar sweet flavors of honey and vanilla. I found this rye to be very smooth and mellow. The honey and apple flavors were the two most noticeable flavors for me and both were delicious. The spicy flavors of black pepper, cinnamon, and anise really played well with the sweet flavors in this rye. This is the third whiskey I tried from Ranger Creek and I was very impressed with all their products. I tried Ranger Creek .44 Rye neat and with a splash and I enjoyed it both ways.  Ranger Creek .44 Rye is priced at around $35 a bottle which I feel is a great price for the quality of the whiskey.

History:Ranger Creek’s Small Caliber Series is a line of creative, limited edition whiskeys aged in small barrels. They put these whiskeys in small bottles to represent the small barrels in which they have been matured. The small barrels accelerate the maturation process by increasing the wood to liquid ratio in the barrel. This imparts unique, interesting flavors and allows us to experiment with new products. In the spirit of being truly craft, they still use local ingredients and innovative ideas to release a new Small Caliber Series product each year. Each bottle is hand labeled with the batch number, bottle number, season, and maturation time.

Bender’s Rye Review

Bender's Rye

Name: Bender’s Rye

Bottled By: The Treasure Island Distillery

ABV: 48%

Proof: 96

Age: 7 Years

Notes: On the nose Bender’s Rye has a light vanilla aroma. On the palate, a light honey and vanilla flavor quickly moves to a dry rye, with spicy cinnamon and fresh mint flavors. The sweet flavors balance this whiskey and keep it from getting to spicy. The finish is moderate and light with roasted corn and fresh mint leaf flavors. I tried Bender’s Rye neat and with a splash and adding a splash really brought out the flavors. I was torn when I first tried it because it seemed to lack a great deal of flavor but after letting it open it up a bit with a splash of water, I was impressed with the flavors of Bender’s. This is a good whiskey and one that I would recommend to a friend. I would definitely recommend letting this whiskey open up a bit before trying it. For around $45 dollars a bottle, it’s not one that will break the bank.

History: Bender’s officially launched in 2013 on San Francisco’s, Treasure Island in Northern California. Born of the collaborative efforts of two individuals with a love for whiskey. Bender’s Rye has a mash bill of 85% rye and 15% corn and is aged for 7 years in virgin charred American white oak barrels. This bottle is from batch one, only 3,248 bottles were produced. The next batch will be slightly different with more corn and older corn.

Ranger Creek .36 Caliber Texas Bourbon Whiskey Review

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Name: Ranger Creek .36 Caliber Texas Bourbon Whiskey

ABV: 48%

Proof: 96

Age: 18 Months

Notes: On the nose this whiskey has a nice brown sugar and vanilla aroma. At first sip I could taste a rich vanilla flavor with some dark berries, wood, and syrup. The finish is moderate with strong flavor of cherries, molasses, and almonds. This whiskey reminded me of having dessert at a fancy restaurant. What I enjoyed about this whiskey is the cherry flavor. It tasted authentic and not artificial which I thought made the whiskey. The almond flavor and slight burn was equally enjoyable. The mouthfeel seems a bit thicker than some whiskeys which was enjoyable. I tried this whiskey neat and on the rocks and I enjoyed it best neat. When on the rocks it seemed to have less flavor. Overall, this is a good whiskey, and one that is definitely different than most I’ve tried.

History:Ranger Creek’s Small Caliber Series is a line of creative, limited edition whiskeys aged in small barrels. They put these whiskeys in small bottles to represent the small barrels in which they have been matured. The small barrels accelerate the maturation process by increasing the wood to liquid ratio in the barrel. This imparts unique, interesting flavors and allows us to experiment with new products. In the spirit of being truly craft, they still use local ingredients and innovative ideas to release a new Small Caliber Series product each year. Each bottle is hand labeled with the batch number, bottle number, season, and maturation time.

Ranger Creek Rimfire Mesquite Smoked Texas Single Malt Whiskey Review

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Name: Ranger Creek Rimfire Mesquite Smoked Texas Single Malt Whiskey

ABV: 43%

Proof: 86

Age: 9 Months

Notes: On the nose this whiskey has a light corn and smoky aroma. At first sip there is a nice taste of smoked malts and cloves with some slight citrus and wood notes. The finish is short and dry with mint, oak, and smoke flavors. This is a good whiskey with a good flavor profile. Although it’s a young whiskey, it doesn’t taste young and actually has a lot of character. I tried it neat, on the rocks, and with a splash. I enjoyed it best with a splash; it really brought out the smoky flavor of the whiskey. This would be an ideal whiskey choice for those who enjoy scotch but are looking to try something new.

History:Ranger Creek’s Small Caliber Series is a line of creative, limited edition whiskeys aged in small barrels. They put these whiskeys in small bottles to represent the small barrels in which they have been matured. The small barrels accelerate the maturation process by increasing the wood to liquid ratio in the barrel. This imparts unique, interesting flavors and allows us to experiment with new products. In the spirit of being truly craft, they still use local ingredients and innovative ideas to release a new Small Caliber Series product each year. Each bottle is hand labeled with the batch number, bottle number, season, and maturation time.