Bread and whiskey tend to go together – it’s that grains connection (unless it’s cornbread and then it’s that corn connection). That really comes through in Revival Four Grains bourbon out of the High Wire Distilling Co. in South Carolina. The distiller is a former baker who sold his organic bakery and turned his attention to small batch distilling. They are so into the handmade angle that they even claim to use hand-hammered, German copper stills during production.
What I knew:
94 proof, mash includes four grains: heirloom white corn, red winter wheat, malted barley, and Carolina Gold rice bran.
What I discovered:
The whiskey hits the tongue a little tart, but then the taste of the four grains in the bourbon really come through, especially the rice. This is an earthy whiskey, without the sweet, vanilla flavors of a typical bourbon. It doesn’t seem to gather many flavors from the barrel. It has a robust flavor, but is easy drinking, and it softens as the nuances sink into the tongue. It doesn’t linger – still tastes new – but it leaves a tasty impression. As compared to some other unique grain whiskies I have tried, including ones made from brown rice and even quinoa, this one didn’t taste like it was trying to be different. It just tasted good.