Distilled by Chattanooga Whiskey, this experimental batch is finished in mead barrels, both 53 and 25 gallons formats, and is bottled at 102 proof. This is distilled twice in 100g batches on the Chattanooga Pot Still. The mead barrels come courtesy of Moonlight Meadery, where they produce heather honey mead. This is finished for up to 8 months. Let's give it a go.
Rich cocoa, honey, golden grahams cereal. Sweet, savory rich. The mead is immediately apparent, and blends nicely on the nose with more traditional whiskey notes.
Medium mouth feel, some honey, slivered almond, and then things ramp up a bit. Sweet and musty tobacco, bright honey flavors. Pungent raisin, fig, black currant. Malt and cocoa.
Short on the finish but a nice malting combination of whiskey and mead. Even not being a mead fan, this lingers nicely, with bright mead notes departing first, leaving cocoa, caramel and more malt to finish off the day.
I don't know that I've ever had a mead finished whiskey before, but it is working, at least in this case. That honey note plays nicely with the malt, in a way that really jives well. If you are concerned that this may be cloyingly sweet, I wouldn't fret at all.