Old Potrero "K&L Exclusive Barrel #9" Single Malt Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml) SKU #1377544

Price: $99.99

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Tasting Notes

Old Potrero has finally begun a formal single cask program and we were so excited we bought 2! Barrel #9 is a sophisticated well balanced number. At 61.57% alcohol it shows the more nuanced side of 100% rye malt. Both barrels were double distilled in traditional copper pot stills on 8/1/2012 and bottled exclusively for K&L on 7/27/2018, just 4 days short of their 6th birthdays. Who doesn't like to celebrate a little early? The whiskey entered its 53-gallon, extra fine grain American Oak barrels at 62% and that ABV pretty much held steady over the years. The result for barrel #9 is more of a baked bread character and exceptional balance. It's warm, inviting, and you hope the glass never empties. You have two chances for barrel proof Old Potrero 100% Single Malt Rye, don't miss!

Staff Reviews

  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    10/30/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    The Old Potrero brand is venerated particularly among California spirits geeks. For years the stocks were so small that we couldn't even get the standard releases consistently. When I saw it out at bars I ordered. When the supplier had it, we bought everything. Over the last several years a lot has changed at Mr. Maytag's old distillery, but they've always made this idiosyncratic single malt rye that is unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Now they're starting to have enough stock to sell barrels outright, usually it's cask experiments, but when we knew we had to jump on the new charred oak barrels as soon as they came up. With the recent sale of the Anchor Beer brand to the Japanese, the distilling component is moving away from the old branding, so these will be the very last Anchor Old Potrero barrels we'll ever see. And what a way to go out. Barrel 9 is showing less minty rye and more deep dark malt, cacao and savory spice. Textured and full bodied, this stuff is truly palate coating. Not for the faint of heart but an impressive example of why the Old Anchor Distilling Company was one of the great craft distillers of the modern era. A new chapter begins.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    10/26/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Dominated by chocolate, cinnamon, a touch of grass, the nose is very well balanced. Much softer than #3 on the palate, has a surprisingly malty quality to it. Elegant, but with great gusto and power. More chocolate and mocha than the #3 cask. The finish is warm, long, and pleasing. A complex blend of caramel and pepper mixed with cinnamon and allspice. A great full powered all around rye.
  • Neal Fischer
    By: Neal Fischer
    10/2/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    This is another intense, full-throttled rye, but it's not as spicy as the #3 barrel we also have here at K&L. The spice is still bold here, but it's tempered by luscious caramel and cream. With a touch of water, additional notes of buttered toffee, cocoa, and leather. This dram has a nice, long, and woody finish.

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