Old Potrero "K&L Exclusive Barrel #12" 63.33% Single Malt Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml)

SKU #1426400

Our first barrels under the new Hotaling brand instead of the old Anchor brand! Again, we've selected a pair of casks that showcase two different sides of Hotaling's flavor spectrum. Cask #12 is enormous. It's loaded with chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, and tobacco. It's decidedly on the dark and rich side of the Old Potrero rye spectrum. Casked in 2013, this comes in right around 6 years old.


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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2019 | Send Email
We used to sell out of these single barrel Old Potreros the moment they arrived, but now people have so many options that these tend to get overlooked. Finally, though, the distillery has put together a barrel program that really works. Cask strength, single barrel, and one of the most pleasurable craft spirits anywhere! Sometimes different is actually better, and nowhere is that more clear than what they're doing with the wonderful Old Potrero whiskey. This cask is VERY different from the other. It's even a slight shade lighter in color, and the nose is dominated by big oak spice and earthy malt. The palate brings tons of evergreen, mint, angelica, anise, ginger, and sage. With a bit of water, some more wild honey, but it's bold, prickly spice on display here. We're in total esoterica here. A real treat for those who want a full-throat experience and love earthy spice.

By: Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2019 | Send Email
Barrel #12 expressed more of what I would consider to be classic Potrero rye notes, almost hitting some from their 18th Century Style Spirit as well. On the nose, the combination of oak and kola nut reminded me of their original bottlings, but deeper aromas of black raisins and brown sugar melted in butter were also in the forefront. The palate was a bit tight and fairly spicy compared to Barrel #13. Again, brown sugar made its appearance but it intermingled with the spice and a faint note of cinnamon. With the addition of water, the spice was toned down and more fruit notes surfaced, including something that reminded me of purple gobstoppers. The finish was interesting and definitely reminded me of the Old Potrero 18th Century Style Spirit, which always had an RC Cola note to me.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2019 | Send Email
This is a straight rye whiskey to the max. Definitely not lacking in spice and power, this reminds me a lot of the "Red Hots" candies we dared to stuff in our mouths as kids. The charred American oak barrel influence is more present in this whiskey than Barrel #13, with dark chocolate, coffee grounds, and leather notes dominating. The versatility of 100% rye is astounding. We ended up with two very different barrels, each fascinating and delicious in their own right. If you like the heat and a bigger style whiskey, this guy is for you. If your a little trepidatious or like you booze a little softer, go for the Barrel #13 offering. Or try both side by side to compare. Both are high impact and bold on flavor, but in very different ways.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2019 | Send Email
Both of the single barrel offerings that are now in stock are unique and very good. Tasting them side by side shows why the single barrel bottlings are so interesting. Barrel #12 is elegant and a little lighter in body than Barrel #13. Subtle spice and savory notes are present, wrapped up together with a pleasant sweetness. A splash of water gives it a creamy mouthfeel. Barrel #12 can be enjoyed with or without the addition of water.

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Varietal:

Rye

Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Alcohol Content (%): 63.33