Full Review

TOPO

TOPO
Eight Oak Carolina Whiskey

Category: Unaged Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 46%
Certified Organic
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$29.95

TOPO
Eight Oak Carolina Whiskey

Category: Unaged Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 46%
Clear amber color. Lively aromas of caramelized fruits, licorice, toffee, and polished wood with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, intriguing, medium-length creme brulee, pepper, wood plank, and nut shell finish with light oak. A fun flavored lightly aged whisky.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Fruity, Complex & Spicy
Aroma Aroma: caramelized fruits, licorice, toffee, and polished wood
Taste Flavor: creme brulee, pepper, wood plank, and nut shell
Smoothness Smoothness: Peppery
Enjoy Enjoy: neat, on the rocks and in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Sazerac, Old Fashioned, Manhattan
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fun flavored lightly aged whisky.

The Producer

Top of the Hill Distillery

The Producer
505-C W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
USA
1 919-699-8703

Their Portfolio

84 TOPO Eight Oak Carolina Whiskey 46% (USA) $29.95.
93 TOPO Organic Vodka 40% (USA) $28.95.
92 TOPO Organic Piedmont Gin 46% (USA) $28.95.

Unaged Whiskey

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Serve in a Canadian Whisky Glass
The availability and sale of unaged or white whiskies is a recent phenomenon; these were formerly referred to as 'white dog' or 'new make' whiskies. These are whiskies where the producer has decided not to mature them in a barrel–they merely pass them through a barrel or keep them in barrel for a very short period so that they can legally qualify as 'whisky', but not retain any wood character. Thus they have a clear appearance with intriguing aromas such as white pepper, cereal and dried fruits, as opposed to the oak-influenced notes of vanilla, roasted nuts and caramel found in an aged whiskey. These are versatile whiskies that are sometimes enjoyed neat, but most often used in cocktails.