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Greenbar Slow Hand Single Malt Whiskey

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  • Distiller:

    Greenbar

  • Bottler:

    Greenbar

  • ABV:

    42%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: The palate is sweeter than expected, offering a graham cracker note, and it can be quite herbal at times — though on the whole it seems to be pushing its more sugary notes to the fore.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: Although I’d be perfectly happy to sip it neat, this is obviously a whiskey that plays well with others. Loads of creative recipes can be found on Greenbar’s website, but I’d stick to basics: to me, this whiskey seems tailor-made for a Manhattan.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: While young it’s working hard to overcome that, and showing a lot of promise. The finish is typically where I see young single malts break down, and this held strong.
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  • Raided Score: 84
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Unfortunately, things don’t really come together in the finish, but the experiment’s not a loss, given the interesting effects of the multiple woods. Worth a taste.
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  • Intro:

    This is an American Single Malt distilled by Greenbar, and matured on several types of wood before bottling. This is my first brush with anything from Greenbar, so I'm excited to give another new American distiller a look. Let's dive in.

  • Nose:

    Buttery on the nose with rich caramel, bananas, rising bread and some corn. Doesn’t smell super young, but the fruitiness sort of gives that away. a little.

  • Taste:

    Medium mouth feel. Fresh baked bread, toffee, faint pepper and some honey. Nice complexity, with a hint of banana on the back palate. Apples, pears, lightly jammy. Apricot and icing. Really enticing, faint oak structure which helps give the appearance of some age. No heat.

  • Finish:

    Short but sweet - it wisps away cleanly. The oak is just right here, with cinnamon bun spice and sugar. Nice toffee, clove, brown sugar and nougat.

  • Overall:

    Overall, this performed better than I expected. While young it’s working hard to overcome that, and showing a lot of promise. The finish is typically where I see young single malts break down, and this held strong. which is really promising. In doing some post-review googling, I see they have a cask strength expression, which I'll be sure to track down. These younger malts seem to do better at cask strength, interestingly enough. If you're in the area, give em a look.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
  • Our in house critic rates spirits on a scale of 0-10 (10 best) and is aggregated the same as external sources
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