With the advent of craft distilleries popping up at an ever-increasing pace in the United States, it’s always nice to try a product that is both new and yet made by someone with years of experience. TINCUP American Whiskey is just such a spirit. Created by Jess Graber who has been distilling for over 40 years and founded Colorado’s first legal distillery since prohibition (Stranahan’s), TINCUP is a hybrid of corn, rye and malt grains.
The bottle is striking, and yes the cap doubles as a shot glass, except it is made of tin. The inspiration behind the name comes from an 1800’s mining town in Gunnison County, Colorado actually named Tincup. Knowing what I know about the life of those involved in the gold rush, I have no doubt that many of them had more than their fair share of whiskey.
Tincup American Whiskey (84 proof)
Visual: Light copper.
Nose: Bright high rye notes, with an intensely aggressive leathery nose. It fools you into thinking this is a cask strength whiskey.
Taste: Surprisingly smooth and mellow sweet notes, slowly percolate into sharper and more peppery rye accents. There is a mellow creaminess which surprises, but makes for a warm and friendly whiskey that you will make friends with quickly.
Finish: Medium long, with more sweet tones than spicy ones. This only leads to a desire to have yet another taste.
Overall: Totally mixable in cocktails like a Manhattan or a Sazerac, this also makes for a fine end of the evening sipper straight from the bottle.
GSN Rating: A-
For more information go to: Tincup Whiskey