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Old Potrero "K&L Exclusive Barrel #13" 63.21% Single Malt Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml) (Previously $100) SKU #1426401

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Tasting Notes

Check out 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 #13, while still big in proof and robustly flavorful takes a much more delicate approach than #12. It's beautiful and spicy, sweet and soft, and drinks like it's much lower in alcohol than it really is. Visit the elegant side of Hotaling. Casked in 2012, this barrel comes in right around 7 years old.

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Staff Reviews

  • David Othenin-Girard
    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.
  • Jackson Lee
    By: Jackson Lee
    K&L Staff Member
    Barrel 13 had a little more fruit notes going on and a roasted/toasted/malty/toffee/coffee thing going on that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. But loved it. The nose had strong influences of oak, dried dark plums, and sweet cherries. It really reminded me of Panettone, the Italian holiday cake. Turbinado sugar and hints of that roasted coffee undertone seemed to be the last ones on the trail. The palate carried over from the nose, with Panettone again being the big player. Other notes of spiced cherries, prunes, and just a touch of toasted caramel were also prevalent and quite delightful. The finish on this one was long, and where I picked up on a lot of the roasted/toasted etc. flavor that was hinted at in the nose and palate. I also got a bit of cinnamon cookie at the very end.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    It is very nice to be able to taste individual and unique single barrels of Old Potrero. Of the two offerings that are now in stock, they are both different from each other and very good. The Barrel #13 is concentrated and rich; just layered with flavors and complexity. With a splash of water a hint of spice comes through. I think that one could drink this with or without water, depending on what tastes one is looking for.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    I'm always super happy to support our local distilleries, and even more so when they put out a product like this! Old Potrero is consistently high quality. and I love to taste 100% rye whiskeys, as you don't come across them all that often. It shows a lot of skill on the producer's part to ferment 100% rye into a whiskey of this caliber. This is on the sweeter side for a straight rye, and the classic rye spices are slightly more subdued in this cask, though I'm certainly not hating on that. It shows the versatility of the grain and the skill of Old Potrero to coax something this smooth out of a brasher initial product. At 63.21%, this isn't shy on the heat, but the sweeter fruit and spice profile help tame the burn.
  • Shaun Green
    By: Shaun Green
    K&L Staff Member
    A wonderfully delicious and layered rye. It's amazing that the difference between this and the 13 is only the barrel. It's softly sweet, and a wonderful cinnamon spice stand out. It is very, very sippable, even neat. In fact, our lovely office colleague Frances took a small sip and immediately announced she was having a little more!


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