Dry Fly ‘Washington Bourbon 101’ (50.5%, OB, +/-2015) Some young ‘hand-crafted’ bourbon from the Northwest, said to be 3 years old. Made out of maize, wheat, and barley. I remember I really enjoyed Dry Fly’s triticale last year (WF 83). Colour: amber. Nose: it is the kind of nose I enjoy, with almost as much bread as in a good rye, and a rather complex grassy profile that does not reek of vanilla and coconut, at all. A very interesting ‘flourness’ (tapioca?), some kind of burnt pinewood, and whiffs of old style cocoa powder. Really very nice. With water: vegetal dust, flour, some kind of minty mushrooms (remember wood blewits or blue stalk mushrooms?) and a great freshness. Mouth (neat): it’s fruitier, with oranges and cranberries, but gets then spicier and breadier. A very peculiar earthiness, hard to describe, plus even more caraway than in Crater Lake, this is almost aquavit at times. With water: all on cereals and breads, which I like a lot. Finish: medium, dry, bready, but never yeasty. Comments: I’m simply a fan of this dry style. SGP:361 - 85 points.