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Tuesday, November 1, 2022

OHLQ Announces High Bank Whiskey War Double Oaked - Arriving Week of 10/31

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced the release of five barrels of High Bank Whiskey War Double Oaked appearing in stores this week (week of October 31) for $69.99 + tax. 

The five barrels were selected by High Bank Distillery Co. and the OHLQ Team exclusively for Ohio. 

Since these are single barrels, each barrel should be slightly different. This release comes in at 100 proof (50% alcohol) and is aged at least 5 years. The tasting notes for each barrel are:

  • Barrel #005 - Oaky Dokey - Marshmallow, oak, vanilla, and brown spice create a campfire aroma that toasts marshmallow flavor with accents of oak and white pepper. A minty, clove finish lingers on the palate, creating a nuanced sensory experience with enchanting details of a woodsy night.

  • Barrel #007 - License to Chill - A hint of citrus brightens an aroma of caramel, vanilla, and oak that mellows into a light, earthy flavor inflected by leather, tobacco, and coffee and enveloped in a minty, citrusy mouthfeel. Sweet, viscous, molasses harmonizes with caramel and vanilla to create a unique, complex finish reminiscent of a creamsicle.

  • Barrel #016 - Marsh-Mellow - An aroma of vanilla cream is deepened with oak, inviting a taste of toasted marshmallow with lightly sweet notes of orange cream, butterscotch, and honeycomb that finishes at the front of the palate with a rich contrast of sweet oak and leather.

  • Barrel #009 - Symphony No. 9 - A melody of orange, coffee, and white chocolate charms the nose towards a dry, earthy, cherry taste with an oaky palate.

  • Barrel #018 - Leg Day Every Day - The fruity aroma of pear and apple dances with oak into a boldly spicy and mildly funky flavor of oily bananas and brown sugar, before stretching out its long legs into a lingering vanilla-oak finish.

You can use this link to try to track down a bottle.

My Take

I don't know a ton about High Bank Distillery other than them being in Columbus. I'm honestly surprised they've been distilling for five years to be able to produce these barrels so props to them. Since I haven't had any experience with High Banks, I would rather buy their everyday whiskey to get a sense of how good or bad it is before committing to spending more on a special release so I'll be sitting this one out. 

What do you think? Drop a note in the comments below. 

Source: OHLQ

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