Another quick review here! Brett, @SaxyBourbon, one of my favorite humans and fellow @SpiritAnimalSociety founders sent me a sample of a single barrel (one of the oldest I am told!) from his local distillery Marlin & Barrel out of Florida. It clocks in at a high proof and carries the name 'Shoreline' which is very fitting for the Fernandina Beach locale. I'm excited to give this one a try as Brett and I have tasted a barrel pick from this same place before which was wicked fun, but wasn't their own distillate.
Company on Label: Marlin & Barrel
Whiskey Type: Bourbon
Mash Bill Percentages: Undisclosed 4 grain mash bill comprised of corn, rye, wheat, and barley
Further identification: This is a single barrel release from Marlin & Barrel out of Fernandina Beach, Florida; it is a limited release of their own distillate that was picked for one of their employees' birthday (Shannon); it was celebrated and released on January 8th, 2022
The nose immediately presents creamy molasses, whipped cream, dark baking spices, and a lovely graham cracker aroma. It's bright and easy for it's high proof. There's a verdant aroma that is quite pleasant; I hesitate to call it floral as it has some bigger, bolder smells than that. Taking a sip shows off what this whiskey is really about... big, bold birthday cake! There's a smoldering, sweet smoke to the linger that I love. The initial sip shows a touch of youth, but it's quickly washed over with waves of malt, caramel, and a dark bread note. Another sip builds in big waves of big spice that never seem to crash too hard into my tongue but do give off a ton of great flavor. This pour reminds me of an elegant restaurant. It feels like I'm trying a new food for the first time. This pour really balances the familiar flavors with some unique ones really well. It's a touch more heavy on the malt side than I will typically lean, but the presentation is really pretty impressive for its proof. My last sip is a perfect conglomeration of confectioners sugar, caramel, mild oak, and brown sugar. Pretty darn impressive, Florida!
Rating: Thumbs up!
Okay, by the last sip I was convinced. That's some really good stuff! I went in pretty skeptical but I've left a believer. Good whiskey finds good people - always. Cheers!