Proof and Wood "The Globe" Polish Rye Whiskey Review & Tasting Notes


If you’re unfamiliar with David Schmier, his is a name to be reckoned with. He is one of the American originals in sourcing and blending. He owned Redemption Rye before selling the brand in 2015 and founding Proof and Wood Ventures. His skills have earned him many accolades, applauses, and awards, and he’s garnered much respect in the industry. Proof and Wood’s involvement in distilled spirits goes beyond whiskey.


Its Curated Collection includes stunners such as Good Day, the Canadian whisky that changed my mind about the entire category; 100 Seasons, a 25-year MGP Light Whiskey; and Crossborder Jackpot, which blended Canadian whisky, Canadian Rye, and American Rye.


The newest member of the Curated Collection is called The Globe.   


“This whiskey was distilled in Poland using a mash of 100% rye. Originally aged in French oak and then sent to the USA where it was placed in ex-Bourbon barrels, then finished in barrels formerly containing Rum from Jamaica. Travel the world in one sip.” – Dave Schmier, Proof and Wood Ventures


The Globe has a published 8-year age statement, which includes its time in French and American oak. Another year was spent in the Jamaican Rum barrels. The Globe weighs in at 49.5% ABV (99°). Proof and Wood suggests its 750ml package is priced at about $80.00.


I’ve not had a whiskey that has been this well-traveled, and I’m not ashamed to admit I’m excited. But I can’t quite #DrinkCurious yet. First, I must thank Proof and Wood for providing me with a sample in exchange for my no-strings-attached, honest review. Let’s sip!


Appearance: A neat pour in my Glencairn glass revealed a whiskey that was the color of caramel. A thin rim formed sticky droplets that crawled down the wall and back to the pool of liquid sunshine.


Nose: Floral rye wafted from the glass before I got anywhere near it. However, it didn’t overwhelm what I found when I purposefully nosed it. Bananas, nutmeg, brown sugar, caramel, and cinnamon were easily identifiable. Bananas and caramel rolled past my tongue when I drew the air inside my mouth.


Palate: The texture was incredibly soft. The front of my palate tasted coffee, brown sugar, and nutmeg, while the middle offered molasses, rich vanilla, and caramel. Rye spice, cinnamon, and French oak sat on the back of my palate.  


Finish: Long-lasting and coating, the finish featured mocha, caramel, French oak, rye spice, and black pepper.


Bottle, Bar, or Bust: The long and the short of this is The Globe may very well be the best thing I’ve had from Proof and Wood. The mouthfeel was almost perfect; the layers and layers of flavor were mesmerizing, and I fell in love with the finish, which seemed to be orchestrated. All of this for $80.00? Yes, please! My Bottle rating is the only option. Cheers!


My Simple, Easy-to-Understand Rating System

  • Bottle = Buy It
  • Bar = Try It
  • Bust = Leave It


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