Wasmund's Single Malt Whisky

Copper Fox Wasmund's Single Malt Whisky

(0.75l, 48%)


6.3/10
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$40.99
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A savory magic trick.

Rick Wasmund went to Scotland two decades ago and realized he wants to make his own Whiskey. He managed to become an intern at Bowmore where he got his mad skills. Then, he returned to Sperryville, Virginia, and founded his own distillery. Now it's the only distiller in the US to do all of its own grain malting, using barley specifically bred for him.

Then, what Wasmund does, is roast the malted barley with applewood smoke, which does the same thing to barley as to a rack of ribs: it adds complex flavors and a hint of sweetness. Once distilled, he places the Spirit in Bourbon casks and adds a packet of chips of various charred wood (oak, apple, cherry). Wonder why? A Whiskey that's aged for one year and drinks like a much older one. One day, Wasmund sent a sample of his Whiskey that was "chip-aged" for six weeks to the Scotch Whisky Research Institute and they figured it's been aged for at least eight years! (This particular bottle has been aged for 42 months, though.)

We'd let Christian fool us anytime he wants, because this unique-tasting Whiskey is sweet, smoky, buttery and delicious. Have a neat one for us, too!
  • Category
  • Style
    American Single Malt Whiskey
  • Region
    Virginia
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    48%
  • Distillery
    Copper Fox
  • Age
    42 months
  • Maturation
    Bourbon barrels

Flavour Spiral™

About The Flavour Spiral

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cherry
smoky
apple
malted barley
nutty
white pepper
oak
sweet
liquorice
What does Wasmund's Single Malt Whisky taste like?

The Flavour Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Wasmund's Single Malt Whisky and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavour Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
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Rye Whiskey is made from mash that is at least 51 per cent rye. The grain gives rye Whiskey its spicy, sometimes peppery, and bitter flavour. Rye was a big seller before Prohibition. After decades in obscurity, it’s fashionable again. George Washington distilled rye Whiskey at Mount Vernon.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Dark copper.

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Herbaceous nose, earthy notes with a touch of linseed oil.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate is earthy with strong hints of cherry and apple. The char note stays with you for a while.

Finish
Open and lingering wood and cherry, almost like a cigar.

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Ratings & Reviews
Liam
Liam,
I really did not like this at all. At the risk of being crass... It had forward notes of kicked up dirt road gravel with after hints of what used to be caramel. The flavor...was like something salty and metallic was drug through that gravel road, followed by an aftertaste of more gravel and something I'm embarrassed to mention. In the immortal words of Mr. Horse, "No Sir, I don't like it."
 
Dominic
Dominic,
This is the first whiskey I can say that I would reject, if somebody purchased it for me. It offends just about every sense. The smell is overwhelming, not just of smoke, but of the dirt used to put out a campfire--coupled with nail polish remover. The taste is harsh, and closely resembles the smell--like licking the inside of an old man's mouth after 3 days of pipe smoking in front of a peat-fire. Hard pass.
 
Lee
Lee,
From the nose through the finish it is all smoke. This is the first non-Scotland single malts I tried. This Virginia distillery malts barley on a floor similar to a Scotch distillery but burns apple, cherry and oak to fire the still and those smoky, versus peaty flavors overpower this 96 proof whisky.
 
Gary
Gary,
Quite possibly the worst whiskey I have tasted. Pungent nose leads to a metallic taste, as if it were distilled in the barrel of a used rifle. The black liquorice aftertaste summed up this awful tasting experience.
 
Jeffry
Jeffry,
Pungent nose. Flavor was Smokey and had a chemically/metallic taste to it that was somewhat unpleasant. No thanks
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Too hot for the smokiness.
 
Terri
Terri,
very earthy, grassy. Spicy, smoky, Fresh cut grass meets forest fire. Well built whiskey but flavor profile is not for everyone.
 
Gregory
Gregory,
Love the smoke.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Not a fan at all. Very pungent nose. Metallic/smoky flavor. Spiral is definitely accurate, all the way to the liquorice finish. Might be
 
Tina
Tina,
Loved the smoky smell and taste!
 
Ross
Ross,
This was my 3rd choice in the 3 samples. Was lacking a thing or two. Spicy sums it up. Not my favorite.
 
Brian
Brian,
Smelled of earth and soil and had a smoky twinge to it. Not for me.
 
Mike
Mike,
A disappointment, given how much I enjoy their rye. Unbalanced, and flavors of damp grass rather than dry smoke. Appreciate the spice, but not going to be adding this one to the bar.
 
david
david,
All I could taste was a chemically paint flavor. Did not enjoy.
 
Greg
Greg,
Disappointing drink. Maybe the combination of cherry and smoke turns to leather, but I tend to think cherry pipe tobacco. So here the flavor spiral doesn’t work for me. Leather up front and in the nose. Smoke and oak after stir up oil for the umami. Just not impressed.
 
Matt
Matt,
Smooth. A definite winner best or on the rocks.
 
Colleen
Colleen,
The smoke surprised me but finished well.
 
Kathryn
Kathryn,
Well-rounded, but a bit overly Smokey.
 
Brent
Brent,
A Little medicine-y.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
As the first non-scotch single malt I’ve tasted I have to say it was quite good. I could clearly taste the flavors. I would recommend this to anyone looking to branch out.
 
Uriel
Uriel,
A whiskey with a unique flavor from the apple wood. Took me some getting used to, and worth doing, but not your every day drink. Great with a little water. There's a version sealed with blue wax that's even better, aged a bit longer in port casks.
 
Gary
Gary,
Amazing. Didn't think I'd like it, but they use floor-malting with apple and cherry wood smoking. Wasmund was trained at Bowmore on Islay. Apparently he learned his trade well.
 
Britton
Britton,
I love it. It's become a staple.
 
William
William,
Innovative and delicious, great new addition to the cabinet and for sipping around the fireplace.
 
Garry
Garry,
The spiciest, most unique Rye I've met. Smooth for its very young age, in a class of its own.
 
Paul
Paul,
Young. Funky smokey flavor. Almost mesquite. Interesting to try given the price, but also painless to miss.
 
William
William,
A good young whiskey. It has some nice subtleties to the flavor. It smells like it's going to be very hot, but turns out much smoother than expected. Good for mixing, but I could enjoy it straight in a pinch.
 
C
C,
This is a young whiskey with potential. The flavors are interesting and have a character all its own. I will follow them in the future and look towards their products as they mature as distillers!
 
Jim
Jim,
This is possibly the worst Whisky I've ever tasted. Certainly the least subtle. It's flavour is a combination of bitter wood and some sickly fruit taste - like over-flavoured cough medicine or mouthwash
 
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