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The Native Wood Series explores the possibilities of barrel finishes featuring exotic woods from around the world, such as Jaqueira, a Brazilian wood often used in the aging of cachaça. Rare Character aims to challenge tradition and introduce new flavors into the American whiskey market through novel barrel finishes such as this.
From Brian Schmidt, Topflight Series Panel Member:
A rare wood selection from Rare Character that may be the first barrel of rye whiskey of its kind, this Jaqueira Cask finish is an adventure worth taking. You're probably familiar with this tree as the producer of the jack fruit, a large spikey fruit from Brazil that has come to increasing popularity with the vegan community. It also is a standard barrel for the aging of cachaça, a native spirit of Brazil. Pablo Moix of Rare Character has sourced an incredible whiskey to finish in this unique wood and created a rye whiskey I could drink every night. On the nose, it has a refined light fruit and a woodiness reminiscent of Kentucky Bourbon. The Jaqueira mellows the rye bite, leaving the core rye flavors on the palate and adding vanilla, green fruit, and baking spices with a finish that lasts forever and is arguably refreshing. Clocking in at 113.3 proof, this pour stands alone in a glass but also holds up well to a large cube. I'm betting this would make a pretty spectacular Manhattan. Shout out to our Senior Designer, James, who did an incredible job on the jaguar design for the logo. This selection is barrel #1 of the Jaquiera Cask from Rare Character, and it won't last long.
TOPFLIGHT: Series 1, Barrel No. 30
AGE: 4 years, 6 months
MASHBILL: 95% rye / 5% malted barley
FINISHING BARREL: Jaqueira
CHAR / TOAST: Medium
WAREHOUSE LOCATION: Stanford, KY
BARRELED ON: 5/1/18
DATE PULLED: 11/1/22
WARNING: Drinking distilled spirits, beer, coolers, wine and other alcoholic beverages may increase cancer risk, and, during pregnancy, can cause birth defects.
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