FEW Single Malt Whisky

FEW Single Malt Whisky

(0.75l, 46.5%)


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A taste of Scotland… Chicago-style.

Paul Hletko’s grandfather lost his Czechoslovak brewery to the Nazi’s in World War II and never got it back. Paul was doing home brewing and wanted to go into business for himself and took his family history and experience to heart, founding FEW Spirits in 2011. Ever the rebel, he opened his "grain to glass" craft business in Evanston, Illinois — the birthplace of the temperance movement — from a small building whose only entryway is through a back alley. And we are all glad he did. Over the last five years he has grown to three Whiskies, three Gins, and seven employees whose motto is "By the Few, for the Few."

FEW Single Malt is only offered a few times per year. So it’s technically their "fourth" Whisky product… a stepsister to their White, Rye, and Bourbon Whiskeys. And as if producing a Single Malt in the good ‘ol United States of America isn’t special enough, Paul and the team took it one step further. Instead of using peat smoke like some distilleries in Scotland, they air dry most of the malt naturally and smoke the rest over cherry wood. Paul says that’s where the "earthy" notes come from. One thing is certain, at a proper 46.5% ABV this easy-drinking dram will deliver the flavor.

Smartass Corner: 
FEW Spirits has a nice ring to it, but it is also a poke in the eye to governmental kill-joys. You see, F. E. W. are the initials of Francis Elizabeth Willard who was a leader of the Prohibition movement in Evanston back in the day.

Flavor Spiral™

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dark chocolate
smoky
spicy
rye
cereal
toasted
cherry
malted barley
bread
What does FEW Single Malt Whisky taste like?

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

We invented Flavor 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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Corn Whiskey is a commercial product that must contain at least 80% corn, be distilled at less than 80% ABV (160 proof), and, if wood-aged, may be aged in either used or new un-charred barrels.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color 
Warm amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell 
Fresh grass and earth with cream, sea-salt caramels, and chocolate fudge.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
A surprising fruitiness of apple and citrus, malt, cinnamon, and more chocolate.

Finish 
Clean, malty, and warm.

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Ratings & Reviews
Thom
Thom,
This was the best one on my samples. I shared it with friends and they all agreed.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Umm, that’s a hard “no thank you” from me.
 
John
John,
It’s okay, a bit of a lingering chocolate/cherry flavor. Not bad, but not my flavor. Came in sample set.
 
jeffrey
jeffrey,
Don't know what it is but they seem to have missed the boat on most their lines!!
 
Brian
Brian,
A little smoky, more spicy. I get the bread/cereal flavor they are talking about. Overall solid but only want it if in a Rye type mood.
 
Bob
Bob,
Ok daily pour
 
Jim
Jim,
There is a nice smoke and chocolate on the nose, but with a bit of a medicine note also. Lots of cherry smoke on the tounge and some spice too. There's a complex malt flavor that is interesting, but not great. The finish is sharp and lingering, with more malt.
 
James
James,
Creamy, lots of flavor.... I liked it a ton!
 
Tom
Tom,
Had a very creamy taste. Very smooth.
 
Westberg
Westberg,
Not my style
 
William
William,
Very smokey hides the other flavors.
 
Gregory
Gregory,
Very good nose and taste. Good earthy, grassy tones.
 
Tom
Tom,
Too many raw flavors. I feel like it might work if it was aged for about 10 more years.
 
Paul
Paul,
Meh
 
John
John,
Interesting finish. I like it but don’t love it
 
David
David,
Derek hit it on the head with a nose of undercooked bread. Yeasty. I also would have sworn the smokey flavor was from peat, but now read it's cherry wood. Put together it didn't work for me, but I don't like lowland single malts.
 
Cathleen
Cathleen,
Unique smokey flavor, tasted very young
 
Bryan
Bryan,
Mealy smell and taste. Seems like it needs 7 more years in the barrel.
 
Stefanie
Stefanie,
I wish it was a little smokier but good none the less
 
Keven
Keven,
Black licorice
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Zero. Not good.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Not my favorite. Quite bitter, like pure cacao plus unseasoned cereal. Very smooth though: well made, just perhaps not my favorite flavor
 
Walter
Walter,
I think FEW accomplished what they set out to do: make something distinctly different while still calling it Bourbon. It just didn't work out for me, there was an off-putting, sort of alien flavor profile that I just couldn't wrap my head around and come to terms with. There maybe some folks out will enjoy this, I just wasn't one of them.
 
Derek
Derek,
Starts with a very strong nose and taste of undercooked/doughy bread. Not the most pleasant initially, but the finish lingers and becomes more palatable once other notes begin to come through. Received sample in tasting box but would pass on a bottle.
 
Mike
Mike,
Odd. Tastes like stale corn flakes.
Andrew
Andrew,
Yes! Nailed it!
Jason
Jason,
Very smokey and finish of cherry and smoke. Some sort of off flavor with finish. I do not like this one
 
Tim
Tim,
Hard pass. Definite fish smell and taste
 
mike
mike,
First one I tried. I liked it
 
Zeb
Zeb,
Smokey with notes of grain. Pleasant in small doses.
 
Jason
Jason,
Surprisingly good. A light smoke taste, close to a Islay Scotch.
 
Maryjo
Maryjo,
Too smoky! Never buy.
 
Dan
Dan,
UGH. My wife and I are not fans.
 
Edward
Edward,
Both my son-in-law and I tried this. Took a sip and dumped the remainder. Not much nose and not to my liking. To each their own. This one is not for me.
 
Louise
Louise,
Something to drink in a gold mining town in the California foothills. Strong and unusual taste. Dried grass notes. Backwoods.
 
Tim
Tim,
The aroma was grassy/hay - maybe rye. We would not say chocolate was present per the tasting spiral. Taste was a young whiskey
 
Ben
Ben,
Caramel, banana. Not my favorite
 
David
David,
Maybe I’m broken, I was unable to taste the dark chocolate. I a perfect amount of smoke and spice/rye. Following was a slight cherry flavor with a powerful dough/bread hit that lasted
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Oaky, dry, tannic; seems best with a little *cold* water. Long phenol finish, with hints of citrus.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
I got this in the American single malt tasting pack. The flavor is definitely unique. Surprisingly bitter with hints of dark chocolate, similar to a stout beer. I probably wouldn't drink very much of this at a time because that bitterness does linger. That said, I really enjoyed it. I'll probably buy a full bottle of this at some point.
 
Michael
Michael,
Not a fan. Has a unique smell that I don’t care for - maybe some funky bread or wet saw dust? I can taste some chocolate and spicy notes, but it’s got a finish taste that I don’t quite enjoy.
 
Ed
Ed,
Back end is a little odd.
 
Lawrence
Lawrence,
I’ve had this before and recall it being much more palatable
 
Shane
Shane,
The rye is very prominent in this one. It was not my favorite as a result as I didn't get much pear or citrus.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Wet bread / Doughy... not at all pleasant
 
guest
guest,
Grassy. No. Smells like a weed trimmer head after an hour of cutting a few hundred foot fence that has just been painted with cheap latex paint. Taste? Weird.
 
Nathan
Nathan,
Advent #13. Interesting flavors. Tasted ok but isn’t really my style.
 
Sean
Sean,
Has a cereal-ey kinda flavor. Not bad, well made whiskey, but not quite my style
 
Terry
Terry,
Ok. Get the dark chocolate and malt.
 
Dave
Dave,
limited spice very smooth
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Not great, not terrible. I’m not a huge fan of single malt whisky’s, but even so this kind of rates in the middle of what I would drink. Definite notes of chocolate, although not sweet, which is interesting.
 
Joel
Joel,
I never leave reviews. I can’t taste many of the complex flavors that people detect in whiskies. I just know what I like and what I don’t but this one was so bad I had to express my dislike. Not sure what’s going on here. Tasted stale before I dumped it down the drain.
 
Nathan
Nathan,
An unholy mix of cereal with a cigar put out in it.
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Pretty interesting taste, liked it overall. Probably one of the more chocolately tastes I've had. I've been wanting to try more drams that don't lean on the usual fruits and vanilla, so chocolate, bread, and cherry is nice. Biggest complaint would be, especially toward the end of the taste, is that it turns into a bit of a 'generic Speyside' flavor
 
Robert
Robert,
Bad, just bad. I couldn’t finish the sample
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Wow. I really liked this one. Kind of surprised by others ratings. Chocolate and cherry really came Thur with the addition of a little water
 
Todd
Todd,
Bread, rye. Not bad but not a favorite.
 
David
David,
Almost stale tasting
Nathan
Nathan,
Agreed!
Tracy
Tracy,
I mostly got cherry and chocolate notes, with some rye as well. I really liked this one!
 
Frank
Frank,
(Advent 2020, #13) In the nose there's maybe some caramel, chocolate, and something else maybe a breast/toasty hint. This was interesting there was a little spicy and smoky flavors along with some grains. There's a nice finish with a little spiciness and something else in the finish. This is different and I kinda like it!
 
Brady
Brady,
Not bad but seems like it has an identity problem. Tough to tell whether this wants to be a scotch, rye, or bourbon
 
Matthew
Matthew,
I haven't seen this many reviews on opposite spectrums! I really enjoyed this, from the chocolate nose to the smoked marshmallow flavor. Reminds me of a campfire with cherry wood logs. A hit of brine/salt would have rounded this out even better, like s'mores on the beach. Overall, good, but very sweet and smoky.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Probably the worst sample I’ve had. Makes me hesitant on trying any other FEW bottles. Smelled like a musty banana and the taste wasn’t much better.
 
Paul
Paul,
Like the bread and the rye but not sure about the cherry coming through.
 
Lea
Lea,
Yes, there’s chocolate and bready notes, with some spice, but it doesn’t come together in an appealing way. I wanted to like this one, but cannot recommend.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Nice smooth Bourbon that has its flavors meld really well and not letting one stand out. low alcohol bit complements the taste.
 
Derek
Derek,
Heavy malt/cereal on the nose with the slightest hint of chocolate. Similar profile on the palate (almost reminiscent of some types of beer) with the addition of a rye spiciness. Definitely different for a whiskey flavor. Probably not my sort of taste in the long run but pleasant enough that I’m glad to have tried it.
 
Derek
Derek,
Advent Day 13 - smells like a barn and tastes like one might taste like and not in a good way. Had to pour it out. Did not taste any of the notes listed. Have had other Few products that were much better. Worst dram so far in the advent calendar.
 
Adam
Adam,
This one goes down warm. Interesting flavor progression, and I like the hint of smokiness up front.
 
Dustin
Dustin,
Lots of dark chocolate and cherry on the finish. A bit of nuttiness in the form of cereal/baked goods.
 
Mike
Mike,
I like this for its unique flavor. I couldn't quite place what was so different about it until I read it was smoked over cherry wood. Now I want to have some next time I'm BBQing.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Three is being very generous.Sample from the advent calendar. Would never buy it.
 
Barrett
Barrett,
Gross.
 
Jason
Jason,
Like it, don’t love it. Definitely get some smoke on the nose. Interesting flavors - a little toasted, a little sweet, a little spicy. But too much burn to be too enjoyable.
 
Scott
Scott,
Lots of chocolate, dark cherry, bread and rye flavors. I very different whiskey that I found quite enjoyable.
 
Michael
Michael,
Chocolate and sometimes peanut butter flavors - I liked it
 
Vincent
Vincent,
Advent Day 13 - Lots of chocolate on the nose, spices and toasted bread on the palate with hints of fruit. Good dram until the long lingering cigarette tasting finish.
 
Bob
Bob,
Flaviar Advent sampler day 13. The flavor profile of this whisky was very promising but the actual flavor was quite disappointing. Too much rye taste, way too much burn. Probably the worst of the Advent samples. Would not purchase a bottle of this.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Nothing but cereal, rye, and barley. It's altogether unpleasant and gross.
 
Mark
Mark,
Yeasty taste, musky flavor. Sooty not my favorite
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
I,m getting the bread notes on the nose, some cigar tobacco and rye, spice on the palate, no chocolate but something funky in the back of the palate...not sure what it is?. From the advent calendar 13. Only tried half, will circle back and try it again sometime to see if anything changes.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Nose reminds me of being on the farm. Fresh cut hay, grass, and well worn leather. Good hit of malt and cereal, followed by a subtle smokiness and a hint of cherry. Had a bit of spiciness throughout that is not quite redolent of a rye, and a sweet lingering maltiness.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Outright unpleasant. Cereal on the nose. I don’t get any smoke at all. Spicy with a horrendous musty finish. Very off putting.
 
James
James,
Odd Whisky- Nose is dank earth and old leather. I initially pegged it as heavy rye, but not in an awesome way.. Taste is similar. Grass, hay, mild spice with a faint hint of chocolate and salt on the short finish
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Very good. The nose is kind of like musty leather, almost off-putting but not quite, and a hint of stone fruit. Smooth start, but then pretty aggressively spicy. Once that tones down, there's some really rich cherry and yeasty tones on the end. Overall, really rich.
 
Jesse
Jesse,
I really like the sweetness. This has a very complex taste
 
Andrew
Andrew,
I found it more earthy than smoky. The chocolate notes are nice
 
Paul
Paul,
very good
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Advent 2020 #13 - all we taste is leather, old leather. Barely drinkable.
 
Jason
Jason,
Only whisky I’ve ever poured out instead of finishing. <shrug>
 
Franklin
Franklin,
Not a fan. Smooth finish, but did not like the taste. Only finished because it was alcohol and I paid for it, but almost undrinkable which is sad because I love their rye.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Smooth with lots of interesting notes. Spicy cereal are the best two words I can use to describe it.
 
Timothy
Timothy,
.
 
Jacqueline
Jacqueline,
Not my cup of whiskey.....
 
Ben
Ben,
Light and smooth flavor.
 
Robert
Robert,
Light smoke, sweet, and spicy. Finishes with a nice cherry that lingers for awhile.
 
Cameron
Cameron,
Reminds me of what a feed store would taste like
 
Roland
Roland,
Smooth with that wonderful dark chocolate aroma and I feel a nice warm balance of spice and toasty fruity bready goodness
 
Scott
Scott,
Unlike any single malt I have ever had. Malted barley and oats with heavy, almost bailed hay on the nose. Like a feed store. This continues on the palette but gives way quickly to lite chocolate, some spice and super grassy-earthy taste. Such a delight to escape from the standard single malts and dig into this one. Your friends wont know what hit them.
 
William
William,
Amazing chocolate notes.
 
Liz
Liz,
Loved the spice and although I had it neat I think it would hold up well on the rocks.
 
Ben
Ben,
This is great! This is the first whiskey I've had where I really understand the "cereal" smell and that stood out to me the most. On the palate the bread and malted barely really stand out. There is a smokiness to it, but it's not smoke like a prayer scotch, much more smooth and less powerful, almost reminds me of smoked meat instead of a fire itself. Just a slight sweetness in there as well.
 
John
John,
Absolutely love the combination of dark chocolate, cereal, and cherry. Really nice balance. The only detractor, IMO, is the smoky notes (but if you like the smoke,it’s all good).
 
Brian
Brian,
Very unique taste. If you’re having trouble getting into this whiskey, try pairing it with some dark (75%+) chocolate. Really made it come to life...
 
Huagang
Huagang,
Very pungent smell, like something fermenting. Tastes like toast. If you're into these flavours, you'll probably love it.
 
Jarod
Jarod,
Nope! Not for me! I can't even identify a flavour; it just tastes...moldy. Gross.
 
Jarod
Jarod,
Nope! Not for me! I can't even identify a flavour; it just tastes...moldy. Gross.
 
Lee
Lee,
It was Ok... Really good at first, but then not so good, then after taste was ok again...
 
Dylan
Dylan,
It tastes what I imagine being a badass movie cowboy feels like
 
Tom
Tom,
Musty, moldy bread smell, toast, tastes better than it smells.
 
Michael
Michael,
As a beginner, not a bad one to test myself with. Lots of good smells to the nose. First impression of taste was wild. Lots of different flavors. Couldn’t decide what I was tasting. Chocolate, spice and a whole bunch more. Then a swallowed it. Burn baby burn and not in a good way. Don’t think I would drink it again, but definitely interesting.
 
Rene
Rene,
I had a hard time finding anything to like about it. I even tried it on two separate occasions thinking that my first poor impression of it was a possible mistake. Well on my second encounter I felt the same: horrid and undrinkable. My advice, pass it by.
 
Jason
Jason,
Really smooth and complex. The nose is an appealing mixture of chocolate and cherry, and each sip gets a bit spicier on top on the initial smoky notes.
 
Bernadette
Bernadette,
When cereal met Play Dough met a punch in the face.
 
Matt
Matt,
Flavorless
 
Tammy
Tammy,
Definitely earthy, but I don’t mind it. I consider it a unique flavor. I definitely smell grass and sea salt. The taste is strongly of maltiness.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Pretty harsh but smells great. I wanted to love it...
 
Daniel
Daniel,
This is unlike anything else I have ever tried. It does not compare to any brand or region on the globe. The smell is awful and makes me pull away immediately. Tasting notes? Hot garbage. The only alcohol I've ever poured down the drain, I sencerely hope it reaches a waste processing plant before the poor fish that will have to taste it
 
Jen
Jen,
Nose was nice and intriguing - very earthy. Flavor is complex and interesting for sure, but it did not make for a pleasant drink for either MATT or I
 
Barry
Barry,
Horrible! Drinking it with a full glass of ice didn't even help. It was like drinking liquid hay.
 
Antti
Antti,
It is an intense, '“grain to glass” Single Malt Whiskey that has an aromatic birth; while a bold & spicy life leads to a long & toasty death with notes of malted barley, cherry & mop bucket water.
 
Kris
Kris,
Very strong nose of hay, cow, dirt, and general farmland. Palette improved slightly with toasted popcorn and earthy flavors but finish was reminiscent of dishwater.
 
Jason
Jason,
Practically undrinkable. The aftertaste is almost fishy.
 
Peter
Peter,
I felt like the nose and the taste had a hint of grain alcohol to them. Not bad, but not great either.
 
James
James,
Not for me
 
Ray
Ray,
Zippy, toasted, I don't get the cherry notes that others mention, but sweet grains
 
Emily
Emily,
Tastes strongly of chocolate and smoke. Not my favorite but not bad.
 
Jacob
Jacob,
Terrible
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Color: Honey, Amber Nose: Cherry pastry Taste: cherry, spice, angel food cake Aftertaste: bread This is great! A tad hot but such a nice flavor.
 
Ben
Ben,
A very confusing combination of spices, apple, and chocolate to start isn't that bad... Then smoked bitterness at the finish that really ruins the sip. Not for me.
 
Chris
Chris,
Smells sweaty. Tastes like dark chocolate and smoke. If you like funky this might be for you but isn’t for me.
 
Damien
Damien,
Never had a whisky/scotch that I had to pour out until now. Something about the flavor profile was as if it was poured down a dirty sink and bottled. I had to cleanse my pallet with a heavy peat scotch, that’s saying something.
Daniel
Daniel,
I've never seen a review this accurate
Zachary
Zachary,
Pleasantly surprised for this American single malt. Loved the flavor and it was nice and smooth. Whatcha doing? Buy again.
 
Logan
Logan,
Smell immediately made me think ripe banana bread. Then came some spice. The taste was sweet with some dark chocolate notes.
 
Sunil
Sunil,
One of the worst I've tasted. Peaty and gross.
Daniel
Daniel,
Not Peaty. Just Gross. 1* is accurate
Nolan
Nolan,
Gross
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Definite taste the dark chocolate
 
Jackie
Jackie,
Very harsh.
 
Noelle
Noelle,
Hated it! Fun idea, and complex, but flavor and nose are just bad. Honestly most of what I got was sweat, not the taste I was looking for
 
Ronnie
Ronnie,
Very Smooth with no rye taste. On the rocks is a 6
 
Charles
Charles,
I don't get a lot of the flavor spiral listed above. I get sour herbs. the sweetness shines through briefly followed another brief hit of malt and spice. tasted this a few times, can't bring myself to like it.
 
Rick
Rick,
I agree this has a confusing taste. I found the aroma seriously cringe worthy. Initial taste was good with hints of honey, but the finish was definitely bitter. Not for me.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Caramel, rye, malt. Nice full flavor. Solid glass of whiskey.
 
Ashley
Ashley,
Sweet corn and rye on the nose, with a touch of smoke. Spicy cherry and smoke on the palate. A few drops of water and the nose mellows, getting a touch nutty. The palate is still drenched in spice. Three more drops and the nose is buttered popcorn. The whole thing at this point is cornbread and chili. Nice!
 
Wyatt
Wyatt,
Confusing taste. Ends up bitter rather than Smokey. I’d pass on a second taste.
 
Dan
Dan,
A wonderful spice and heat to this one
 
John
John,
Sorry. But this is not good at all.
 
Wyatt
Wyatt,
It was smooth, and I'm giving it ten stars cause I'm sure it's a great single malt. Just wasn't what I expected when I selected the Rye Whiskey, should've read up more. Tasted more like a scotch to me...not my favorite.
 
Leah
Leah,
I’m sure it is really good for a rye...my partner thought it was very nice. For me, all I go hit with was the pepper. I found it overwhelming and leaving me having trouble noticing the other flavors.
 
Chasity
Chasity,
Now, normally I am not a whiskey/bourbon/ scotch drinker, however this particular dram grabbed my taste buds and seduced them! A chocolate smokey kick in the masticator with a sweet spicy aftertaste had me begging for more. If you are not a fan of this type of spirit I reccomend giving Few a try. I've been completely won over and enthralled by this delicious amber liquid.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Not my cup of tea
 
Brian
Brian,
Wonderful neat in a slight chilled glass
 
Luis
Luis,
Strong notes of caramel and honey on the nose. Exceptionally smooth finish, although short legs. Deep, rich color mimics a bourbon - but definitely retains the rye character.
 
Jonny
Jonny,
This has a nice aroma and color. I liked the spicey taste with a touch of sweetness. A nice drink.
 
Alexander
Alexander,
Rich flavor. The bite is a pinch on the heavy. All in all decent drink.
 
David
David,
Too much of a spicy finish.
 
gary
gary,
was a little harsher than I expected, However was a decent single malt.
 
Dan
Dan,
"Please Mister, Don't kill Petey." From the Little Rascals (Best advice you will ever get when it comes to Single Malt Scotch.)
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Not a big fan.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Awesome. Love it
 
Wanda
Wanda,
I didn't like this one at all. It is not the quality I am used to.
 
Kyle
Kyle,
Great flavor, not overpowering
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Nice new to the game could be a player in a few years
 
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