Manifest Distilling Rye Whiskey - Seelbach's Pick
Age: 2 Years and 4 months
Barrel Number: 17G19
Bottle Count: 96
Mash Bill: 60/40 Rye/Wheat
This is the second barrel I've selected from Manifest. Manifest is my hometown distillery. Because of that, I like to stop in and see what they have aging ever so often. One day I was tasting with Head Distiller, David Cohen, and the barrel we tasted a barrel I loved! I asked him if I could select this as a private barrel. He politely declined because it was going into their new "Bottle Your Own Whiskey" program.
Sometimes the TTB works in mysterious ways! After the TTB explained the reporting necessary for this type of program (shocker, it's complicated) Manifest decided to pull back on the program. Manifest offered the barrel to me and I jumped on it.
The nose is spicy-sweet. There is a lot of caramel, pepper and charred pineapple notes. The taste is rounded with a spike in oak and a caramelized orange peel notes. It's this candied orange peel that keeps bringing me back to this barrel. The finish lingers with oak, cedar and sweetened black tea.