As always, when reviewing for the Craft Corner I am tasting the whiskey and providing my notes about it–and grading the whiskey against the market. What does this mean? Ultimately I am scoring craft whiskey in a way of saying it’s “Ready” to compete for shelf space with the macro distillers, or it’s “Not Ready” which is usually an indicator of poor quality or undeveloped flavors.
Sometimes a product, such as O.H. Ingram’s River Aged Rye, is ready in terms of pricing and general availability but it could use just a bit more time in the barrel to round out the profile or provide a bit more depth. This is by no means a negative score, it just means the whiskey is not flawed in-and-of itself; however, it will be “Ready” with a bit more time on the floating barge.
All in all this was actually a fun interview and review of something I’d never heard of. In a world where brands are built on the back of Indiana rye that is simply bought, moved, and bottled it’s nice to see a new spin on maturation and I think this uniquely-aged rye will be pretty damn good when it’s a bit older.
TheBourbonFinder thanks O.H. Ingram Whiskey for graciously providing us a sample of their product. Being able to try new things in the whiskey space, without strings attached, is an opportunity we greatly appreciate. Per our review ethos, we provide objective reviews and commentary on media samples of spirits and products; remember, friends, these are the good old days of whiskey!
Our grading system: As mentioned in our About Us page, we’re excited to share bourbon with our friends, family, and readers. There are enough critics, cynics, and curmudgeons in the whiskey world as it is, so our goal is to foster the bourbon community in a positive way by bringing fun and entertaining content whenever possible–as such–we decided that applying precise scores to whiskey was simply too serious for us (and didn’t accurately showcase variability in taste from day to day). We use a simple grade school system to apply a grade to the whiskeys we review because we feel it is indicative of the whiskey’s grade for us on that particular day. A grade of a “B” today may very well be a “B+” or even a “B-” on another day, so rather than focusing on a precise score today that may not stand the test of time, we are just sharing our overall grade of that pour for that one tasting. Pour a bit and enjoy, friends, these are the good old days of whiskey!