By: David Othenin-Girard
K&L Staff Member
The famous old craft distiller in Potrero Hill is no longer referred to by its original name, but that doesn't make the juice they're bottling any less arresting. The single malt rye filled into new charred American oak is their most sought-after expression, and it's always been my favorite way to experience the entrancing nuance of the 100% malted rye. The nose explodes with bold Christmas spice and dark red cherry compote. The dense fruit wafts toward sweet lacquer and old, expensive hardwood aromas. On the palate the high proof is somewhat masked by an oiliness that is somewhat the hallmark of Potrero. Big, bold cherries and freshly shaved cassia bark envelope the palate. The texture holds strong, but wood and spice dominate now. With and without water the finish is pure candied cherries. This one is a bit of a cherry bomb, but also a spice bomb and a wood bomb. One large, highly controlled detonation.