Thursday, July 6, 2023

[Review] Shady Mile 21% Rye Bourbon

Once upon a time, the folks at Shady Mile Bourbon asked if I would be willing to sample their bourbon expressions? Of course I said sure. But after getting beaten down by life (see my Apology post), I eventually got around to sampling their wheated bourbon. Then, after dealing with more hospitalizations, health problems, and everything else, I realized I forgot to review their rye bourbon. All apologies to the fine folks at Shady Mile Bourbon. Despite the delay, I was determined to give an honest and thorough review of Shady Mile's rye expression. As I finally sat down to savor the long-awaited sample, I couldn't help but wonder if the extended wait would affect my perception of its flavors and nuances.

How Do I Review?

Now, before we get started, let me explain how I review bottles. I like what I like. I can detect different flavors and tastes but don't expect me to post a review saying I am “getting a slight hint of wet pavement with a bit of dried corn husk on an adobe wall” or something wild... I'll give you my honest impression, plain and simple, and there will be no sugarcoating. After all, I'm not Willy Wonka. Also, while I'm at it, let's get this disclaimer out of the way.

Disclaimer: Samples of the products reviewed were provided by the respective company for a no strings attached review.
With that out of the way, let's get on with the review.

Product: Shady Mile High Rye Bourbon
Company: Specialty Cellars
Classification: Straight Bourbon
Distillery: Green River Distillery (DSP-KY-10)
Proof: 90 (45% ABV)
Mashbill: 70% corn, 21% rye, 9% malted barley
Color: Medium amber
Price: ~$30
Method: Rested in a Glencairn for 20 minutes

Nose: The aromas on the nose are somewhat lacking. There are notes of black cherry, almonds, and honey, but they fail to completely stimulate the senses.

Palate: The taste sensation on the palate falls short of expectations. While there are some peppery spices, baker's chocolate, and sweet caramel corn flavors, they do not completely deliver on their potential.

Finish: While present, the finish is unremarkable. Additionally, the young age of the bourbon is evident in its flavor profile, indicating that it has not yet fully developed its potential.

Overall: Now, don’t get me wrong; despite my remarks, this is not a bad bourbon. The problem is that it’s just a young bourbon, and it tastes young as well. In my opinion, both of the Shady Mile Bourbon expressions could improve with a little more age, so I’m going to give this one a high two out of five.

I look forward to Shady Mile Bourbon's next release and the opportunity to try these expressions after they've matured a little.

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