Weve been vocal fans of Journeyman since their 2011 launch. They've given us gin, whiskey and everything in between. Their output has never been better than right now, and we have proof.
They recently sent us three barrel samples of Last Feather Rye and three barrel samples of Buggy Whip Wheat. Like any other week, we had already tasted through barrel samples from a few other distilleries. Without naming names, we can tell you Journeyman beats one of the Big Boys hands down. All six JMan samples were so expressive and complex that it was tough to settle on just four. One shocking detail is that all of these samples were from 15 gallon barrels. Smaller barrels age faster than standard 53 gallon American barrels, but short cuts rarely yield fully mature whiskey. These samples, aged for a full year, show amazingly flavorful whiskey. Clearly, Journeyman has whisky production dialed in. Do yourself a favor and pick up one of these new Binny's Handpicked Selections from Journeyman and see how it's done.
Journeyman Distilling Buggy Whip Wheat Whiskey Binny's Handpicked Cask #15-0246
We just cant get enough of this 100% wheat whiskey made just down the road in Michigan. The grain character of this nose is just so fat and welcoming. Gorgeous sugars and vanilla clove mingle with a surprising dose of soft, subtle fruit on the nose balanced by weight and depth on the palate. Leads quickly into a long and pleasant finish. Grain, caramel, subtle clove, anise, and cinnamon. Just amazingly delicious Whiskey.
Journeyman Distilling Buggy Whip Wheat Whiskey Binny's Handpicked Barrel #15-0249
We were over the moon when we selected this barrel. The nose is big, round and fat. A bit of clove floating just underneath the vanilla nuttiness and rich wheat grain flavors. Not surprising as this is 100% wheat. The palate is fat, round, and full of beautiful wheat flavors, clove and soft spice. The finish is interesting, in that it seems to fade away rather quickly only to sneak back up and linger. Long lasting grain, brown sugar, cherry and spice. Were so happy to be able to offer an amazing whiskey to you.
Journeyman Distilling Last Feather Rye Binny's Handpicked Barrel #15-0242
On the nose, this Rye has an abundance of wintergreen. Deep and rich in character, we're picking up a roasted, or perhaps a toasted quality. Vanilla, clove and spice are in the mix as well. The palate is big with exploding wintergreen and rye spice notes. A prickly cinnamon spice arrives for the pleasantly lengthy finish. Just a beautiful Rye. The soft sweet notes linger, and dance alongside the Rye spice.
Journeyman Distilling Last Feather Rye Binny's Handpicked Barrel #15-0243
Nice rich, warm, round flavors of wintergreen, rye spice, and brown sugar. On the palate, this rye is big and full. Wintergreen explodes on the tongue, and is immediately greeted with a pepper and cinnamon spice. Everything we love about rye is in this flavor. Expressive, bold, assertive, yet in the lengthy finish this rye shows us that it is not just a one trick pony. Wintergreen, anise, clove, pepper, cinnamon, brown sugar, soft fruit, and even a touch of honey. Just amazingly complex, and a real treat.
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