Name: .36 White Whiskey
Nose: Raisins, Oats, Sweet Corn, Walnuts, Light Fruit, Wood
Palate: Dried fruit, Raisins, Pepper, Corn, Citrus
Finish: Long, smooth, with a bit of heat and a subtle fruit flavor
Overall: This will be the 4th product from Ranger Creek that I have reviewed and it is another solid product from the brand. It begins with a unique aroma with light notes of fruit up front and a bit of a hidden lumberyard scent. At first sip there is a unique flavor of raisins and oats, almost like a raisin bran flavor without the sugar flavor. There is a nice pepper flavor in there but it is light not as up front as the other flavors. There are also some sweet corn flavors and a bit of citrus fruits. The finish is long and smooth and has some heat on the back end with a bit more of the fruit flavors throughout. This whiskey is very unique and one that I have not experienced these flavors with before. Ranger Creek .36 White Whiskey has a great mouthfeel to it and the flavors taste authentic. I enjoyed this whiskey best neat, but it can be used to make a number of great cocktails. At around $30-$35 a bottle you can’t go wrong with picking this one up for your shelf. It is a whiskey that truly stands out like most of the Ranger Creek Products. Keep your eye on this brand as they continuously win awards and craft some solid products.
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.
Note: I had a bottle of Ranger Creek Rimfire Mesquite Smoked Texas Single Malt Whiskey on hand and so I crafted a version of an Old Fashioned using 1 part Texas Single Malt Whiskey and 1 part .36 White Whiskey, some Dashfire orange bitters, and the usual ingredients for an Old Fashioned. The resulting cocktail was light and smoky with a delicious citrus flavor. If you happen to have both spirits on hand, give it a go and give us your thoughts on the cocktail.