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.
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.
Bourbon rules refer to manufacturing methods rather than location. Bourbon must be matured in new and charred American white oak casks for at least 2 years. If the bottle has no age statement, the Bourbon is at least 4 years old. No coloring or flavoring of any type is allowed, and the mash bill must contain at least 51% corn.
Only whisky I’ve ever poured out instead of finishing. <shrug>
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.
Smooth with lots of interesting notes. Spicy cereal are the best two words I can use to describe it.
Not my cup of whiskey.....
Light and smooth flavor.
Light smoke, sweet, and spicy. Finishes with a nice cherry that lingers for awhile.
Reminds me of what a feed store would taste like
Smooth with that wonderful dark chocolate aroma and I feel a nice warm balance of spice and toasty fruity bready goodness
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.
Amazing chocolate notes.
Loved the spice and although I had it neat I think it would hold up well on the rocks.
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.
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).
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...
Very pungent smell, like something fermenting. Tastes like toast. If you're into these flavours, you'll probably love it.
Nope! Not for me! I can't even identify a flavour; it just tastes...moldy. Gross.
Nope! Not for me! I can't even identify a flavour; it just tastes...moldy. Gross.
It was Ok... Really good at first, but then not so good, then after taste was ok again...
It tastes what I imagine being a badass movie cowboy feels like
Musty, moldy bread smell, toast, tastes better than it smells.
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.
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.
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.
When cereal met Play Dough met a punch in the face.
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.
Pretty harsh but smells great. I wanted to love it...
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
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
Horrible! Drinking it with a full glass of ice didn't even help. It was like drinking liquid hay.
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.
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.
Practically undrinkable. The aftertaste is almost fishy.
I felt like the nose and the taste had a hint of grain alcohol to them. Not bad, but not great either.
Not for me
Zippy, toasted, I don't get the cherry notes that others mention, but sweet grains
Tastes strongly of chocolate and smoke. Not my favorite but not bad.
Color: Honey, Amber
Nose: Cherry pastry
Taste: cherry, spice, angel food cake
This is great! A tad hot but such a nice flavor.
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.
Smells sweaty. Tastes like dark chocolate and smoke. If you like funky this might be for you but isn’t for me.
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.
I've never seen a review this accurate
Pleasantly surprised for this American single malt. Loved the flavor and it was nice and smooth. Whatcha doing? Buy again.
Smell immediately made me think ripe banana bread. Then came some spice. The taste was sweet with some dark chocolate notes.
One of the worst I've tasted. Peaty and gross.
Not Peaty. Just Gross.
1* is accurate
Definite taste the dark chocolate
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
Very Smooth with no rye taste. On the rocks is a 6
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.
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.
Caramel, rye, malt. Nice full flavor. Solid glass of whiskey.
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!
Confusing taste. Ends up bitter rather than Smokey. I’d pass on a second taste.
A wonderful spice and heat to this one
Sorry. But this is not good at all.
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.
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.
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.
Not my cup of tea
Wonderful neat in a slight chilled glass
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.
This has a nice aroma and color. I liked the spicey taste with a touch of sweetness. A nice drink.
Rich flavor. The bite is a pinch on the heavy. All in all decent drink.
Too much of a spicy finish.
was a little harsher than I expected, However was a decent single malt.
"Please Mister, Don't kill Petey." From the Little Rascals
(Best advice you will ever get when it comes to Single Malt Scotch.)
Not a big fan.
Awesome. Love it
I didn't like this one at all. It is not the quality I am used to.
Great flavor, not overpowering
Nice new to the game could be a player in a few years