Expression: Lion’s Pride Organic Rye Whiskey (No Age)
Region: Chicago, USA
The main selling point here is that this whiskey is made from 100% Rye.
In addition, the fact that it’s organic and made in Chicago only piqued my interest a bit further.
Did it live up to the hype though ….. ?
No was José !
In fact, this might be one of the worst whiskeys I’ve sampled recently. And with a price tag of US$70, that is QUITE a disappointment.
From start to finish, everything about this whiskey is pretty revolting. I really gave it an honest shot, but after a few drams even the crappily-drawn lion and preschool fonts on the bottle started to annoy me.
The only positive I could really take out of this tasting is I had a satisfying feeling at the end that my vision was still in tact. It was like forgoing the eyedropper and taking a big gulp straight from a jug of moonshine.
It seems that the Koval distillery, like some other upstart American distilleries, is trying to push the envelope by using different tactics and practices. And for that they should be applauded.
But if they keep churning out products like this I’m not sure how long they’ll be around.
Lion’s Pride Organic Whiskey Tasting Notes
Fumigation (Nose): Cheap Wood and Paint Thinner minus the nitrous oxide buzz
Bite (Palate): Sugary, yet plastic and rubbery … like biting into a shelf at IKEA
Aftershock (Finish): Spicy, short, and toxic