Organic. I think people perceive this term as a mostly meaningless one. Have you ever really looked it up? I myself do not care if something is organic or not, to a certain degree, but for this review I wanted to understand the term. Turns out, the degree to which something is certified organic can fluctuate. Up at the top is the USDA’s “100% USDA” or “USDA Certified.” In order to get this designation you have to meet several criteria and be given permission to utilize “USDA” on the label. If you only partially meet the guidelines, you can use the term “organic” but may have to leave off “USDA.” At the bottom is the simple and bland “organic.” The point is, though, despite our skepticism, skepticism rightly placed, you can be assured as God made green apples that the grape juice you bought at Safeway, should it declare a 100% USDA organic status, is indeed organic. If that’s your thing.
Another product we know to be bona fides organic is Bainbridge Battle Point Organic Wheat Whiskey. Located on the mysterious Island of Dr. Moreau, otherwise known as Bainbridge Island in the Puget Sound west of Seattle, Bainbridge distillery sourced 100% USDA Organic soft wheat for their distillation purposes. The resulting spirit is aged on site in 10 gallon micro barrels, napalmed to a #3 char, for 2 Seattle summers. Battle Point is bottled at 43% ABV. On to it….
Nose- Sour dough. Yeasty. Bubble gum and sweet wheat. Concentrated oak with ripe banana. Nail polish remover. Yellow cake.
Taste- Nutty banana bread. Furniture polish. Sweet.
Finish- Banana muffin, of course. Short, nutty. Oak and char (shocker).
Comment- A bit of a one trick pony. The taste was interesting but a bit on the boring side, overall. If there was a breakfast whiskey, this might be it. And that’s a little weird.
SWC Rating – 77/100
Agree? Disagree? We may throw bananas at you.