Full Review

Sunshine Reserve

Sunshine Reserve
American Whiskey

Category: American Blended Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 42.5%
81 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$49.99

Sunshine Reserve
American Whiskey

Category: American Blended Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 42.5%
Bright dark amber color. Interesting, savory, smoky aromas and flavors of roasted figs and dried stone fruits, saddle leather and cedar pencil, hint of molasses and paprika, and carob bar with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-long finish with notes of praline, white cigar ash, and marmalade on burnt toast finish. A robust smoky whisky tailor made for cigars and bbq pairings.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Smoky & Rich
Aroma Aroma: roasted figs and dried stone fruits, saddle leather and cedar pencil, hint of molasses and paprika, and carob bar
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of praline, white cigar ash, and marmalade on burnt toast
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: on the rocks, with cigars and in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Blue Blazer, Manhattan, Manhattan
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A robust smoky whisky tailor made for cigars and bbq pairings.

The Producer

Sunshine Reserve

The Producer
229 Chrystie St., Apt. 313
New York, NY 10002
USA
1 917-282-5507

Their Portfolio

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.