Bespoken Spirits Rye Whiskey, $34.99 (375 ml bottle)
The again story
Good whiskey is often aged for at the least a couple of years. The time within the barrel is what permits the liquid to choose up all these woody and different flavors, in any case. However within the case of Bespoken Spirits’ rye and different choices, together with bourbon and darkish rum, the “growing older” course of can take just some months, if not a couple of days.
That’s as a result of that is whiskey as science experiment — say, the spirits equal of the Past Burger.
Bespoken was based a little bit greater than three years in the past by Stu Aaron and Martin Janousek, two Silicon Alley enterprise veterans with a ardour for wine and spirits. The method they’ve employed with Bespoken requires bypassing the barrel and placing the boozy liquid in a managed atmosphere with wooden staves — the flavoring thus occurs a lot, a lot faster. Furthermore, Aaron and Janousek say the method permits for better management and precision, permitting them to copy the leads to exacting style. In different phrases, they declare the whiskey is just not topic to what usually occurs with conventional manufacturing, the place elements such because the temperatures contained in the barrel room can result in inconsistency.
Aaron and Janousek aren’t alone of their strategy. Others within the spirits world are taking a look at related methods of condensing the aging time. Plus, there are whiskies aged in hotter climates — say, Taiwan — the place the warmth successfully hastens the method. However Bespoken has gotten off to a robust begin, Aaron and Janousek say. The corporate’s merchandise can be found in a number of states and there are plans to develop the model’s presence over time.
What we give it some thought
It is a rye that tastes like, properly, rye — with the spirit’s basic notes of pepper and different spices balanced with a sure creaminess. It has one of many cleanest finishes of any rye we’ve tasted of late and makes for fairly an fulfilling sip. In brief, it’s arduous to detect the mad-scientist side behind it. The pricing for the bottle (simply 375 ml) is a bit excessive in our view, nonetheless.
Easy methods to take pleasure in it
The Bespoken staff suggests having it neat and we’d hardly disagree. However like several good rye, this can be utilized in cocktails. Attempt a Manhattan, the staff suggests.