Charbay R5 Hop Flavored Whiskey Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Charbay R5 Hop Flavored Whiskey

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  • Distiller:

    Charbay

  • Bottler:

    Charbay

  • ABV:

    49.5%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: If you enjoy a wide variety of styles of whiskey, this is super distinctive and worth trying, especially if you enjoy high proof. This one is extremely fun to taste with friends since it is so unique.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: If you’re looking to expand your knowledge of what can constitute a whiskey, look no further than Charbay R5 Lot 5.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: It’s not for every whiskey lover, but if you like beer and whiskey, it’s worth tasting them together.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: While R5 is largely designed for sipping straight, it adds a surprising new dimension to a Manhattan cocktail. Pick one up — and toast the survivors of the Cali-fires while you’re at it.
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  • Raided Score: 80
  • Publication: Whiskey Consensus
  • Excerpt: While I can’t say this would be a daily drinker for me (since I have never really been into beer), I will say it is a powerful dram with a lot to like.
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  • Intro:

    This is a whiskey being made from hopped beer, coming from Charbay in California.

  • Nose:

    Wet, sticky, caramel. Bready, hoppy, pepper, banana bread, hempy. Sweet, funky, malty, hoppy. Entirely unique.

  • Taste:

    Medium, oak, caramel, funky sweetness. Hemp, toffee, caramel canides, IPA/beer notes, some heat.

  • Finish:

    Medium length, funky and young, weird weed presence. Hops, toffee, coffee, sticky cinnamon roll.

  • Overall:

    This was a wild roller coaster of funky flavors. I enjoyed it, but having Charbay's BC pick, and hoping this was close, it wasn't close at all. Its obvious that this is younger, different and the lack of proof also makes a significant difference. That said, it wasn't actively flawed, but between this and Buffalo Trace, I know what I'd reach for on the daily.

  • Score:

    4

  • By t8ke
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