By Father John Rayls
Boondocks Cask Strength 11 Year Old American Whiskey is a very surprising whiskey. It’s not complex in any sense, but it does hold your attention. This is a sourced whiskey, but of course, its origins are kept in strictest confidentiality. You’ve heard of “near beer” the 3.2 stuff. Boondocks is a “near bourbon” in that it’s somewhere between 80% and 90% corn, but aged in used whiskey barrels and barreled at around 160 to 190 proof. It is a very unique approach to whiskey and it’s even aged 11 years and bottled at 127 proof! Royal Wine Corporation is the owner of Boondocks Spirits with David Scheurich as the Boondocks Master Distiller a Whisky Advocate Lifetime Achievement Award winner with over 40 years of experience.
The bottle itself is unique and shaped in a similar fashion to a hip flask; although, larger holding a standard 750ml. It has the slight indentations on both the front and back making it easier to grasp. In addition, it stands out sitting on a shelf making it easier to identify. It also has a large “B” embossed in the glass. The whiskey is light copper in color while resting in the glass with golden orange highlights. The legs are prolific, but runny and rapid. Unfortunately, the cork was cracked which tends to set me off. Am I the only one who has ever had a cork break when opening a bottle? It simply aggravates the daylights out of me. It wasn’t rough treatment, but simply carefully opening a new bottle.
The nose is just plain exceptional. It probably isn’t perfect, but it is very, very close. It’s an experience that draws you in inviting and welcoming. It lifted my expectations to a point that I couldn’t wait to taste it. The nose is filled with oak, leather, caramel, vanilla and toasted marshmallow over some very light tobacco. It is very close to an ideal set of aromas for me. It is truly exceptional in this area. There is a noticeable absence of any alcohol burn. However, there is a tingling constantly present when inhaled deeply.
The taste is very good. Initially, there is a creamy mouthfeel with vanilla and caramel and oak. It is a whole mouth experience leaning towards toasted marshmallow. There is ample cinnamon spice for a very short time with some intense warming affecting front and back and top to bottom of the mouth. The finish is long and intense and presents itself with authority. Think in terms of Tim Robbins in Bull Durham (https://youtu.be/85RZMIAL7vM). It isn’t over-whelming, but it is a major attention grabber. It simply asserts itself. The finish quickly transitions from cinnamon and caramel to pepper and then to white pepper. It certainly packs a punch, but remains interesting while generating some real excitement.
Boondocks Cask Strength 11 Year Old American Whiskey is worthy of your time and hard earned money. It is something different and is within reach of many budgets. The retail pricing is in the $59.00 area, but can be found for a few dollars under the suggested price. Take a walk on the wild side…