Today I'm reviewing Standard Proof's Wildflower Rye, which is infused with real honeysuckle. It starts with a mash of 51% rye, 44% corn, and 5% malted barley. It doesn't say "Distilled By" anywhere on the bottle, so it is a safe assumption it wasn't them. I couldn't even hazard a guess based upon the mashbill who the actual distiller was. Standard Proof indicates they use a proprietary process, and the infusion procedure ran ten weeks. An 80° 750ml bottle will set you back about $28.00.
When a flavored whiskey producer suggests something along the lines that their whiskey is "Great neat, on the rocks, as a shot, or in a cocktail," then their whiskey is subjected to the way I normally drink whiskey - neat. Before I get to my tasting notes and review, however, I'd like to thank Standard Proof for sending me a bottle in exchange for a no-strings-attached, honest review. Time to #DrinkCurious.
Appearance: In my Glencairn glass, Wildflower Rye appeared as a deep orange amber. Unfortunately, as this is not a straight whiskey, I have no idea if the coloring is natural or not. No big deal. It made a medium ring that released thick, fast legs to drop back to the pool.
Nose: The floral bomb hit me before I could get the glass to my nose. Yeah, there's honeysuckle. But, there was also more, something I could swear was aloe vera. That's a note I've never used to describe any whiskey ever. When I inhaled through my lips, it felt "sticky" as the vapor crossed my tongue.
Palate: Despite what I just experienced, it was not sickly sweet. It was difficult to discern anything between the front, middle, and back. The palate consisted of corn, something earthy, honey, and a blast of ethanol. If I had to compare it to something, a Ricola honey cough drop comes darned close. Just to double-check my palate, I offered a taste to Mrs. Whiskeyfellow, and as she was describing notes, once I yodled Ricola! she immediately agreed.
Finish: It was a long finish, far longer than it needed to be. It was sweet with honey and spicy with something. Try as I might I couldn't identify it beyond a spice of some sort.
Bottle, Bar, or Bust: With rare exception, I drink all my whiskey neat. I did not give this an opportunity to go over ice, take it as a shot, or to use it in a cocktail because the statement was made it could be enjoyed neat. This might be good in a cocktail. However, I just didn't enjoy anything about this, from the nose to the finish. I wish that wasn't the case, and as such, this one takes a Bust. Cheers!
My Simple, Easy-to-Understand Rating System
- Bottle = Buy It
- Bar = Try It
- Bust = Leave It