Roughstock Montana Whiskey Review

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We start our look into Montana’s Roughstock Distillery with their standard Whiskey bottling. You will see it today on the shelf as “Pure Malt” due to this whiskey being 100% Malted Barley. We are seeing this mash bill show up more and more in the American craft distilling world in distinction from the traditional mashbills of bourbon or rye, and we are always interested in how a particular distillery expresses it.

In the case of Roughstock, they want their whiskies to reflect the character of Montana, or, its terrior (the influence of a given area’s geography). Every ingredient in every step of the process originates in Montana. So, I suppose we just drank Montana. Nice. We start off with their whiskey, enjoy!

By the way, I don’t think we have been farther apart on a spirit than with this one. You may just have to try this for your self…

SWC Group Review

Nose– Dull, earthy grain. Saw dust. Hint of toasted oak and some fruit notes of plum, nectarine. Wood varnish (in a good way).

Taste– Starts sweeter than nose implies with light fruit and toffee, but gets dry with leather and cedar spice.

Finish– Hot burst of alcohol quickly fades to liquorice and leather, some sweetness.

Comment– The club was divided on this one. On the one hand, some wanted more in their glass to contemplate and enjoy. The others wanted to pass due to the flavors. This one may just require a sip to figure out where you land. Very unique, at least.

SWC Group Rating- 71/100


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