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Bear Fight American Single Malt Whiskey

  • Distiller:

    Next Century Spirits

  • Bottler:

    Next Century Spirits

  • ABV:

    45%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: Drink Hacker
  • Excerpt: Though not complex, the finishing adds some well-toned notes of peat and a weighted sweetness that makes for a casual yet versatile experience.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: Bear Fight American Single Malt is sweet, full-bodied, and easy to drink. I found the peat finish overbearing when compared to the more delicate flavors of the nose, but it is still overall a good choice for mixing or sipping. 
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  • Raided Score: 81
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: Its peat smoke is dominating but refrains from going overboard. I would have liked a touch more age on it to provide a heavier backbone throughout, however, it makes it a good gateway whiskey for those curious about peat smoke but have a fear of tasting it in their mouths for the rest of the day.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Overall, this won't blow you away, but it's a really solid first release for a distillery previously not anywhere near my radar. For a new producer releasing a 3yr single malt, they are far far ahead of the other single malt players when releasing their inaugural products, and that really counts for something in my book.
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  • Intro:

    An American Single Malt aged for at least 3 years, this release from Next Century spirits seems to be taking the internet by storm. Let's see what all of the fuss is about.

  • Nose:

    Sweet, packed with apples, cream, honey and some pecan nuttiness. It's not wildly complex, but it's expressive, especially once you consider the age.

  • Taste:

    Palate is thin to medium in viscosity, but heat is in check. Again the fruitiness continues with pleasant apple crumble, caramel, a touch of nuttiness and sweet cream. Faint pepper on the back palate, light kiss of oak.

  • Finish:

    Medium finish, wraps up nicely with some tannin development, toasted almond, caramel and once more baked apple pie experience before taking off.

  • Overall:

    Overall, this won't blow you away, but it's a really solid first release for a distillery previously not anywhere near my radar. For a new producer releasing a 3yr single malt, they are far far ahead of the other single malt players when releasing their inaugural products, and that really counts for something in my book.

  • Score:

    5

  • By Madison Kopta
  • Disclosure: The producer provided this sample to review free of charge, and without expectation of review or rating.

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