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Below is a video interview Jay and I did with Founder Nick Taylor. Nick’s candor and transparency are refreshing, and something that’s not super common these days.
Found North is a brand that really seems to drive to find flavor, to find it by carving their own path. From taking ultra-aged distillates from Canada that have been aged (or finished) in casks from around the world, and blending them in unique way, to skipping chill filtration and bottling at barrel proof, there is no mistaking the fact that these guys are aiming for the enthusiasts.
Here is a quote from the Found North website about Batch 04:
Batch 004 was built around a 21 year corn component with lovely caramel, butterscotch and vanilla notes and a highly viscous and naturally sweet 25 year corn component aged in Hungarian oak that was dripping in molasses. We balanced the viscosity with spice and fruit from a combination of two different style ryes, both aged for 18 years. The first was aged in ex-Speyside scotch casks providing bright, fresh fruit. The second was aged in rechar American oak, which cut the viscosity in the mid palate with a distinct tingling cardamom and ginger quality. The spice from the rye teases out the concentrated burnt sugar quality of the 25-year-old casks.
Found North Whisky
As an unabashed fan of Canadian rye whiskey that is brought to the market without coloring, flavoring, or additives, I have to admit I was pretty excited to see what the Taylor brothers put together in their offerings. Something interesting to me is the information provided on the label.
Each bottle lists the grain percentages per recipe, which may seem like a declaration of mashbill to the American whiskey enthusiast–but that’s where you would be wrong! They are listing their blend on the bottle, so these are liquid percentages per distillate.
Still a bit confused? Check it out: Found North is utilizing distillates that are each made of 100% single grains–meaning Batch 04 of their Cask Strength Whisky (which lists 80% Corn | 19% Rye | 1% Malt) is comprised of 80% corn whisky that was distilled from 100% corn, 19% rye whiskey that was distilled from 100% rye, and 1% of the liquid in the blend is made from 100% Malt. It’s wordy, and make take a few reads (or a few views of the video above) to totally sink in, but I find it fascinating.
That concludes the crash course in Found North’s products. Now it’s time to pour and analyze the Cask Strength Whisky (Batch 04). Batch info below:
- 2,746 Bottle Outrun
- 18-25 Year Old Whiskies
- 62.4% ABV | 124.8 Proof
- 80% Corn | 19% Rye | 1% Malted Barley
- Non-Chill Filtered
- No Additives
- Natural Color