Troy & Sons Oak Reserve whiskey review

This is the last in the series of three whiskies from Troy & Sons, but certainly not the least.  The Oak Reserve is a nice fit between  the true moonshine of Platinum and the more traditional flavor of the Blonde Whiskey.  An almost delicate flavor, there is more complexity than you might expect, from the lighter color and nose.  It’s also 80 proof – to me, that allows more people to try it, that might be hesitant with a higher proof spirit.  Here are my notes – sláinte!

Color: The middle sister in color of the Blonde Whiskey and the Platinum, Oak Reserve is a light golden brown, similar to an Irish whiskey in color.

Nose: Light and pleasant, no burn (which is what I’ve come to expect from Troy & Sons whiskies).  A touch of sweetness, but you know it’s whiskey.

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Taste: Like the nose, this whiskey is light and balanced and sits well on my tongue.  No burn, of course, but a gentle warming.  It lingers a little, with a bit of the oak and vanilla coming through nicely.   All my reviews will be from tasting a spirit neat, and for this one, it almost seems a shame to mix it!

ABV: 40% (or 80 proof)

Price point: (online) $39.99

Other notes: This whiskey is made from the same heirloom corn as the Platinum, but is aged in charred oak barrels, which give it the light color and the touch of wood.  If you’re in Asheville – stop in for a tour & tasting, say hi to Troy (if she’s not on the road!) and tell her LikeYourLiquor sent you!

3 out of 3 – nicely done!

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About Jeanne Runkle

Jeanne Runkle currently lives in San Diego, and is a certified bartender and craft liquor expert. Her specialty is the brown stuff, whether it's bourbon, rye or good old American whiskey. She can sometimes be found stalking the aisles of a liquor store near you, answering your random whiskey questions.

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