Old Potrero was a recommendation by Society Member, Meru Belbayeva, owner of Downtown Spirits in Seattle, WA. First bottled in 1994, it was one of the early pot-distilled whiskies in the United States. Like WhistlePig's Old World, it is made from 100% rye mash. It's aged in oak barrels that are lightly toasted instead of charred, since the charring of barrels wasn't introduced until well into the 19th century. This spirit is called "18th Century Style Whiskey" because a spirit can't be sold as "rye whiskey" unless it's made from at least 51% rye and has been aged in new charred oak barrels, according to Federal law
We tasted Old Potrero 18th Century Style Whiskey at Meeting No. 37 on June 24, 2015. We rated it 2.95 out of 5. At a street price of $89, this spirit is on the pricier side given the our rating of it.
Kevin • 6/24/2015 • 4.0
Really excited to try this. The nose is almost like a blended scotch. The first taste is fiery, but with vanilla and cinnamon as well. Maybe Dentyne? Best for fueling revolutionary conversation in Ye Olde Taverne.
Brian R. • 6/24/2015 • 3.0
Funky, smokey, rubber cement. Spicy bubblegum, very hot.
Jameson • 6/24/2015 • 3.0
Nose - rough; edgy cinnamon spice and oiled leather. Taste - cinnamon spice and wet gummy bears. Finish - spicy hot pepper burn that disappears sure'dly.
Joel • 6/24/2015 • 2.0
Atomic fire balls. That's all you can expect from this rye, likely enhanced by the toasted and not fully charred oak barrels.
Dennis • 6/24/2015 • 2.0
Butterscotch nose. Spicy cinnamon flavor. Notes of field grass.
Garrett • 6/24/2015 • 2.0
Rye cheese on the nose - cinnamon, cuts the palate. Could not drink a significant amount without mixing. Strange fish in the world of rye.
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