Full Review

C&O Tradesman

C&O Tradesman
Whiskey

Category: American Blended Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 48.9%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$50

C&O Tradesman
Whiskey

Category: American Blended Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 48.9%
Brilliant golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of exotic tropical fruits, lemon-peach yogurt, green peppercorns, sage, and parsley, and hint of floral talc and caulk with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, delightful, medium-long finish that shows suggestions of toffee, latte, toasted fruit cake, and spicy incense finish. A distinctive tropical citrus character keeps this rambunctious whisky interesting.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Funky, Fruity, Spicy & Spirity
Aroma Aroma: exotic tropical fruits, lemon-peach yogurt, green peppercorns, sage, and parsley, and hint of floral talc and caulk
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of toffee, latte, toasted fruit cake, and spicy incense
Smoothness Smoothness: Peppery
Finish Finish: Long
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on the rocks and with drops of water
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A distinctive tropical citrus character keeps this rambunctious whisky interesting.

The Producer

District Distilling Co

The Producer

Their Portfolio

84 Buzzard Point Rum 46% (USA) $30.00.
85 C&O Tradesman Whiskey 48.9% (USA) $50.00.
84 Checkerbark American Dry Gin 47% (USA) $32.00.
84 Checkerbark Barrel Rested DryGin 47% (USA) $40.00.
84 Corridor Vodka 40% (USA) $.00.
84 WildJune Gin 45% (USA) $35.00.

American Blended Whiskey

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Serve in a Glencairn Ganadian Whisky Glass
Blended American Whiskey is required to contain at least 20% straight whiskey; with the balance being unaged neutral spirit or, in a few cases, high-proof light whiskey. It has a general whiskey flavor profile (most closely resembling Bourbon), but lacks any defining taste characteristic.

Blended whiskies date from the early 19th century when the invention of the column still made possible the production of neutral spirits. Distillers would blend one or more straight whiskies (Bourbon and Rye) with these neutral spirits in varying proportions to create their own branded blend. The taste and quality of these whiskies, then as now, varies according to the ratio of straight whiskey to neutral grain spirit. Early blends were frequently flavored with everything from sherry to plug tobacco. Compared to straight whiskies they were relatively inexpensive and bland in character. Modern blends utilize dozens of different straight whiskies to insure a consistent flavor profile. Blended American whiskies had a great sales boost during and just after World War II when distillers promoted them as a way of stretching their limited supply of straight whiskey. This sales spike did not last, however. Blended whiskies were considered to be too bland by Bourbon and Rye drinkers, and consumers with a taste for lighter spirits soon migrated to Vodka and Gin. Blended whiskies have been leading the pack in declining sales over the past few decades.