River Roots Barrel Company|
Celebrity chef Michael Symon has announced the formation of River Roots Barrel Company, a Cleveland-based venture geared to whiskey enthusiasts like himself. Along with partners Michael Boland and Ryan Lintz, Symon will extend the rare privilege of tasting and selecting single-barrel whiskies to casual consumers.
“Right now, as a normal consumer, you can’t readily go to any of the major domestic distillers and taste barrels of whiskey and then pick the one you like the best based on your palate,” explains Boland. “We are offering any person or group the ability to schedule an appointment to come in, taste a handful of barrels and then choose one.”
Seelbach's will have a few River Roots selections of our own in the near future, but the first three picks were selected by Symon himself - with the first having an insane statline of 13 years aged, 146 proof, and 6 years of finishing in port wine barrels.
For anyone who missed some of the other high octane flavor bombs in the Buckner's 13 hazmat, 13th Colony Double Oaked or 13th Colony single barrel we did, this barrel falls right in line.
Highly suggest letting this one open for at least 10 minutes to shake off some heat and spice on the nose. Once you do, you are rewarded with huge viscosity. Fudge brownie, rich musty oak, dried tobacco, root beer candies, rum raisin, and black raspberry chip ice cream most prominent on the nose.
The palate is griping to the sides of the mouth, washing over all the taste buds. Deep oak and rich chocolate begin with a deep berry reduction. There’s no shortage of spice fill out the sips.
The finish is long and slow to fade, never losing the notes found on the palate.
With how high the proof is, this one softens up considerably with a few drops of water. More maple syrup notes draw out, and plenty of deep port fruitiness.
The palate lifts some, not leaving behind the chocolate notes but shifting to milk chocolate with vanilla influence. The oak tames a bit in its attack, but still very present.