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Whiskey Review: Kinsey Straight Wheat Whiskey

Editor’s note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by New Liberty Distillery. This in no case, by our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the purchase link at the bottom of this review, our site receives a small sponsorship payment which helps support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs.

Kinsey Straight Wheat Whiskey and its sibling, Kinsey Chardonnay Cask, hung around our house for a while before I got around to tasting them. It’s been a long few weeks – who am I kidding, it’s been a long ~20 months. Anyway, how did I sleep on it? They’re from Philadelphia, like me, and I apologize to my brothers in Pennsylvania for not going there sooner, if only for the shouting opportunities. Tasty cakes! Cheese steaks! Cream cheese! (Okay, I only really like the first one but that’s okay.)

Kinsey brands are part of Philadelphia-based New Liberty Distillery, which was founded by Rob Cassell. When we wrote about him in 2018, he was simultaneously launching New Liberty in Philly as well as an Irish distillery, Connacht Whiskey Company, in Ballina, Co. Mayo. (The two distilleries are not financially related.) New Liberty was formed in 2014 and has championed the revitalization of Pennsylvania whiskey, as Craft Spirits writes.

And as we’ve already reported, New Liberty also drew inspiration from the days when rye was the most popular spirit in the United States and spirits were distilled with local grains: their whiskeys include local grains from a farm just 25 miles from town. distillery. New Liberty’s Kinsey brand is a nod to whiskey history: American whiskey is believed to have originated in Pennsylvania, not Kentucky or Tennessee, where Kinsey was born in the 19and century.

The first I reviewed of their two new offerings, Kinsey Straight Wheat Whiskey was pot distilled and aged for two years in recently charred American oak. The mash bill is 73% wheat and 27% malted barley. It’s 95 proof. Unfortunately, it only ships to Pennsylvania at this time, but you can also pick it up at the distillery if you’re in the area.

Kinsey Straight Wheat Whiskey (image via Carin Moonin)

Tasting Notes: Kinsey Straight Wheat Whiskey

Vital Stats: About $40; 95 proof; mash bill of 73% wheat and 27% malted barley; two years old. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Appearance: Rich and pretty in the glass. Newly polished copper, shining like a new bar top with the light shining on it in the right way. It reminds me of a stately old bar where you meet your true love and marvel at how cool the bar is and how happy you are together.

Nose: It took a few moments, because it is extremely subtle. And then I become vegetal, like a smell of turned earth. Leaves of tomato plants. Ripe pears. It smells like walking through a garden on a late summer evening, just after sunset.

Palace: There is no burn and at 95 degrees, I am surprised. Many whiskeys taste warm and alcoholic. This is not the case. I get a lot of wheat essence out of it, like soft, chewy wheat bread, like fresh out of the oven, all warm and fluffy with a slowly melting knob of butter on top. This whiskey brings a similar feeling of comfort. He actually has flavor. He has a body. But it’s not too much, it’s fair. Like the perfectly toasted piece of toast that has a slight firmness on the outside but a soft interior.