- Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Laws Whiskey House. This in no case, by our editorial policies, influenced the final result of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the purchase link near the bottom of this review, our site receives a small sponsorship payment which helps support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs.
Four grain whiskeys can pose a certain level of difficulty, given the complexity of the aged wort bill. Most traditional bourbons tend to be a three-grain recipe consisting of corn, rye, or wheat and malted barley. So, adding an extra element to the mix can be a bit daunting. There is a certain romanticism in keeping the basics, although adding a fourth grain to the recipe, done right, can add inexplicable depth to a whiskey.
This isn’t the first time the folks at Laws have made a grain oven, giving them the experience of working with such recipes. However, this is a bottled version, extending the necessities further, having to jump through the various hoops to be government bonded. Previously, Laws had released a three-year-old version of this 95 proof, or 47.5% ABV, whiskey using the same mash bill: 60% corn, 20% heirloom wheat, 10% heirloom rye and 10% old rye. % old malted barley.
Based in Colorado, the team at Laws Whiskey House has dedicated themselves to a grain-to-glass philosophy and to using the various local climates to aid in the aging of their products. The grains come from local farms and are largely heirloom varieties.
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Tasting Notes: Four Grain Laws Bourbon Bottled
Vital Statistics: 100 proof, 50% ABV. Six years old in government bonded warehouses. The mash bill is made up of 60% corn, 20% old wheat, 10% old rye and 10% old malted rye. The price of the bottle is approximately $ 72 per 750ml bottle.
Appearance: This one was easily pale orange. However, I was surprised how quickly the many legs formed along the sides of the glass.
Nose: Bright and quite warm. The aromatic notes were quite simple, made up of a mixture of lemon zest and orange and ending with a touch of toffee in the background.
Palace: Here are the basics on it. Medium bodied, with about the same amount of finish. Large rye spices at the front and burnt caramel at the end. I expected more citrus, considering the nose, but it isn’t this time around. On the palate, mid-palate, there was a heavy hint of oak, which was surprising as a six-year-old bourbon. When I added a few drops of water, citrus appeared at the party
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This one was tough. It had a lot more spice and oak than expected due to the mash bill and the aging. At one guess, it might be best served with a few small cubes or a large one. The balance is expressed more vividly with the addition of water. It is therefore a good whiskey under certain conditions. On its own, however, it tends to be more of a one or two note experience.
It would definitely be great in a cocktail, but given the price of around $ 72 a bottle, it might be overpriced for what you get. That said, it might be fun to share with friends and experience the pure tasting versus adding water, followed by a cocktail experience.