Full Review

LA1

LA1
Louisiana Whiskey

Category: American Blended Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 47%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$45

LA1
Louisiana Whiskey

Category: American Blended Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 47%
Brilliant golden amber color. Earthy aromas and flavors of conditioned leather and suede, sandalwood cigar box, and dried fruits with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of spiced figs, green tobacco and straw, burnt nuts, and peppercorns finish. A scintillating, rye-focused blended whiskies for cigars or cocktails.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Fruity, Spicy, Rich & Spirity
Aroma Aroma: conditioned leather and suede, sandalwood cigar box, and dried fruits
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of spiced figs, green tobacco and straw, burnt nuts, and peppercorns
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: on the rocks, with cigars and in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Blood & Sand, Vieux Carré, Manhattan
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A scintillating, rye-focused blended whiskies for cigars or cocktails.

The Producer

Donner-Peltier Distillery

The Producer
1635 St. Patrick Hwy
Thibodaux, LA 70301
USA
1 985-446-0002

Their Portfolio

84 LA1 Louisiana Whiskey 47% (USA) $45.00.

American Blended Whiskey

Spirits Glass Glencairn Canadian Amber.jpg
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.