Hooten Young American Whiskey – Batch No. 1 – Aged 12 Years – 92 Proof
The whiskey is aged 12 years and made with a mash bill of 99% corn and 1% barley. The spirit was distilled to 189 proof, barreled at 140 proof, and then bottled at 92 proof from second fill barrels.
The initial sniff is very sweet. Corn forward with caramel following through. There is a smoky note near the end that wraps with a slight touch of ethanol.
Very light and sweet on the forward palate. There is zero ethanol on the tongue. The mid palate immediately delivers touches of smoky oak. There is a light spice note that wraps up the taste.
The finish is not very long. It’s light and sweet. There is no warmth, but the spice note reappears at the very end.
This is a solid pour for an American whiskey. It’s extremely light and easy to drink. This pour is not some high proof slow sipper. This is meant to be enjoyed in any environment. The folks at Hooten Young went for this profile to highlight the incredible cigars they make. If you’re looking for a bottle to enjoy with your favorite cigar, look no further. Cheers!