Wednesday 6 December 2017

Dat's Hat Rye Port Finish Review

 Hi everyone,

Another day on holiday, another day of feeling like I don’t have to write intros. Also another day of random whiskey I’ve never heard of.
This is a rye whiskey from Pennsylvania, 80% Rye, 15% Malted Barley and 5% Malted Rye. They age it in virgin oak quarter casks I’ve heard, before a 3 month finishing in port. Unfortunately that only makes it 9 months old in total and I don’t really understand how they think that’s long enough to actually do much of anything…
Dad's Hat Rye Port Finish 47%
Colour: Dark Bronze, purple tint
Body: Full
Nose: Weird, synthetic rubber, plum jam, acrylic paint, melting plastic. Not a good mix.
Taste: Weird, very weird. Melting plastic, burnt rubber, synthetic.
Finish: Short/medium length. Weird, more of the same.
One of the weirdest whiskies I've tried. On par with the Balcones Brimstone in terms of weirdness. But actually, this is worse.
I had an interesting discussion recently with a whisky blogger from Germany about scoring. I mentioned about people being afraid to score things very low or ‘bad.’ She gave the classic reply, questioning whether there is such thing as a ‘bad’ whisky.
Yes, yes there is.

Thanks for reading!

American Review #44
Whisky Network Review #601

American Average: 70.1
Network Average: 74.6
Best Score: 92
Worst Score: 22
0-49 Terrible
50-59 Bad
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Excellent
85-89 Superb
90+ Magnificent

Full Disclosure Disclaimer: I currently work as a Brand Ambassador for Penderyn Distillery. The views expressed here are purely my own and do not reflect the views of Penderyn Distillery or The Welsh Whisky Company. I try to maintain as much objectivity as I can but feel free to take my reviews with as big a pinch of salt as you like. Furthermore, my rating scale is NOT based on a Parker type wine scoring scale or a school/college/university % or A-F grade score. You can find more on my scoring here. I apologise for any seemly low or 'bad' scores given with my system and am sorry I can't say only nice things. Please keep in mind that I am ethically compromised and am unable to produce 100% unbiased reviews.

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