If this bottle were made in Scotland, it would be Whisky, but since it's a product of the good old US ingenuity and made the American way, it's a Whiskey. But don't hold it against it: it still has a Scottish soul, it's just made differently. Namely they used mesquite instead of peat while smoking their malted barley. The result the Santa Fe Spirits wanted to achieve with this is a smooth and balanced complexity of flavor. By the way, mesquite is one of the most expensive woods in America and it's found in the desert. A mature tree can cost more than a grand, but it's worth all its money when creating a complex Whiskey.
Colkegan Single Malt is matured in American oak barrels for two years seven thousand feet up in the desert, more specifically in climate-controlled warehouse where temperatures range from freezing to steaming. And they ain't doing it just for fun: variations in humidity and temperature bring unprecedented complexity out of the Spirit. It's the tradition from the Old Continent and fresh ideas from the New World that made this bottle and it's not surprising that it earned the second-highest score among all American Whiskeys back in 2015.
Lots of smoke at the beginning then some interesting after taste
Reminded me of a lightly peated Speyside. Taste of fruit, vanilla and long finish. Best of the tasting box for me. Would definitely buy a bottle.
Okay, this is good, but not great. Wanted something a little more smoky, but hey, that’s just me. For the price, you can do better.
Totally amazed that something this good came from New Mexico! It is now my favorite single malt whisky.
Smokey single malt goodness
Interesting first impression, a bit musty with the smoke to start. But a nice chocolate and vanilla middle leading to a pleasant finish with a bit of fruit. Best of the tasting box. Would buy it again.
Very well done! The raspberry and malt flavors work perfectly with the well balanced smokiness.
A little mesquite influenced smoke is readily apparent on the nose, but not as predominant as I had anticipated. A barbecue-like smoke mingling with sweet toffee, vanilla and some savory herbal elements.
The mesquite smoke is present on first sip, but more as a complement than as a primary element. I find sweet notes of chocolate, vanilla, salted caramel as well as some earthy fruit sensations. There is a bit of warmth, perhaps delicately peppered. I am struck by the balance.
The finish is medium, with a bit of raspberry, toffee and smoke. Again, the mesquite smoke is present, but not dominant.
I like both the taste profile and the price of this whiskey.
This one was interesting, but not enjoyable. Wouldn't buy.
Smoke level was pleasant and the whiskey had a pretty good structure throughout. Liked the slightly sweet/fruity notes at the end, and would have liked if they could have been more prevalent. Not bad at all.
Not sure that mesquite works with whiskey. Clean finish, but no discernible fruit.
Like the initial kick and the flavorful finish. Will purchase this one in the future. Best in the box.
You can definitely taste the mesquite, and fruit flavors. The alcohol burns a little in the mouth. Overall a nice whiskey
Pretty good. It can be a little harsh at first with the alcohol burn, but it's smokey like a single malt scotch would be. Using mesquite is interesting and you can pick up on it in the first few seconds of tasting. Pretty light mouthfeel, and if you add a few drops of water it will really smooth it out.
Favorite of the box! Delicious notes of white chocolate and vanilla.
Apparently I’m not a single malt guy. Personally, did not enjoy.
Well it didn't suck and it's cheap compared to good scotch. But it's a small single malt--doesn't even seem the 92 proof they claim. If you happen to have a bottle on hand, and you've decided to have a third dram on the night, I guess this wouldn't be a horrible choice.
Very much like a scotch but I have had better scotch for much less $$.
All I got was smoke. If you like a smokey whiskey, this is for y0u.
Good flavor that has an interesting after taste..
I felt this was an alcohol forward whiskey. I did not feel the smokiness or white chocolatier which I was looking for. I would put this on my list of drinkable whiskeys but I would not seek it out
Smooth, Smokey, but not overpowered by the Smokey ness. Smooth finish with no burn. Great whiskey for sitting by the campfire.
Love the smoky aroma and the white chocolate flavor.
Not a fan of such prominent smokey flavors, but reasonably smooth for something with this much smoke / heat. Got it in the tasting box...will finish the sample, but would not buy.
The caramel that hits you’re nose is intoxicating. Great mouthfeel drinking this neat, add a drop or two of water and it’s aroma is increased.
The nose is really sweet. I smelled birthday cake frosting with maybe a tiny hint of meyer lemon. The flavor is really smokey with a lot of alcohol heat. The smoke seems to come more from barrel char than the peat smoke flavor you get from a true scotch. Once you get past the smoke and alcohol heat you really can taste some classic American bourbon flavors like vanilla and white chocolate. There is a teeny tiny bit of floral undertones but you have to spend more than ten minutes with this glass before you will pick up on them because of the big smoke-, heat-, and vanilla-dominant notes upfront.
Its clearly a blend of American Bourbon and Scotch styles. It is OK at both, but not great at either. Not worth $64 for a bottle in my opinion.
The smoke came through from the start with an earthy taste added. The black currant was a detractor for me personally. I never tasted the vanilla or white chocolate, hats off to those who do.
I get more of a char versus smoke but it is there. A little spice with vaniila, floral and major chocolate! Tasty Whiskey.
Definitely liked the marriage of smoke and flavor. Very good with cheesecake.
I liked this very much. The smokiness from the hickory came through nicely.
Real mellow on nose , tasted smoke ,woody ,malted barley ,floral
Over all it's okey
peat, chocolate, touch of smoke
I can get down with this. Good front and middle flavor that’s enhanced with a drop of water.
First sniff provides wonderful barley undertones followed by a waft of smoky peat. Really looking forward to the sip... First sip blasts my taste buds with the deep, dark woods where only the gruffalo play.
Decent! Not sure I’d buy a whole bottle, but someone will enjoy it!
This is the best one out of the tasting box but still just the six
The smell is definitely white chocolate and vanilla bean with some smoky and woody scents.
The taste starts sweet and chocolatey and then the wood comes through. Delicious.
My favorite from the tasting box. The smokiness is nicely mellowed out by a host of other flavors. Best bouquet of the three. All around a pleasant drink.
I didn't find this overly smoky. The white chocolate, marzipan, and vanilla were the top notes for me. Sweet and pleasant, grows on you with each sip. I'd love to taste a longer-aged version.
Quit spicy and smoky. But very nice.
Absolutely love the mesquite smoke alongside some of the fruitier and caramel notes. Delicious.
Favorite from the tasting box. Nice aroma nice finish
I like the spice, vanilla and light peat combination. The spice smooths out when you add ice, but I like it either way.
My first taste was slightly overpowering, but as it sat in my mouth I could taste a fruity note and then a nice balanced smoky flavor. It gave a better balanced flavor as the ice melted and cooled the liquor and the cold water brought out some different profiles that made it more enjoyable.
Very hot. Was expecting a smoother whiskey. You will need to cut this with water or soda
Marizpan is not my thing.
Great flavor. A taste of oak but not too much. Light cinnamon and fruit after notes. Well balanced.
Smoky flavor but goes down easy
This was what I was expecting from a single malt whiskey. I had this in a tasting kit and after my disappointment in Copper Fox this renewed my faith in the single malt whiskey. This has a very even smoky flavor that still allows the other notes to show themselves in each new sip. This had a broad range of tastes that can only truly be enjoyed slowly.
Smooth, with a light smoky flavor. It has a sweet finish.
Loved the smoke. It was like drinking by a campfire on a cool fall night. The currents and sweets made for an excellent finish. If you add a touch of water it brings the sweet forward on the tongue, like the last sip of a mint julep. A very friendly whiskey.
Too smoky for my preference, but had a good finish
Delicious. A hint of smoke, Oakley, very drinkable
I didn’t get much smoke but liked the mouthfeel and finish. Good mix of floral, fruit, and marzipan. My favorite from the New World Single Malt tasking box.
Tasting the mesquite is pretty cool.
Has a smokey woody aroma. The taste slight floral with a medium woody taste. And with a malted barley finish. My second favorite.
Nice and smooth
This is a good whiskey. Don't tell me about the mesquite smoke and I might rate this one star up because there just wasn't that much smoke. It's great in an Old Fashioned, but the lack of smoke just didn't work for me. Good whiskey, just not a great whiskey at the price.
Goes down smooth, with a sweet bite as a finish.
Nutty, spicy with notes of vanilla and almond. It’s a taste punch at the start and a quick decline with a very minimal tail.
The vanilla is the most prominent in the profile, the smokiness also compliments it. Unfortunately, while I did enjoy it, I cannot say I loved it.
Smooth sweat flavor with a little smokey.
Vanilla nose and smooth through. I didn't get the smoky flavor as much as others.
Very nice. Drank it next to my Macallan & Laphroaig. The mesquite is smokey, but much more approachable than the peat of the Islay Has some of the florals of the Highland. A nice balance; purchased a bottle of it. My friends will never guess.
It is an outstanding, balanced, 'American Single Malt Whiskey with a rich birth; while a complex life leads to a balanced death of medium length with notes of raspberry & malted barley.
Love the smoky flavor and the smooth finish. Very nice nose. I may have to add this to my home bar.
Super unique! Starts off feeling very Irish, then brings in that smoke. But it’s way more brisket-y smoke than any whiskey (except Balcones Brimstone) and still subtle enough to not blow any other flavors away. Definitely worth trying, especially if you already like peated whiskies, the smoke won’t totally throw you off
Smoky and smooth. Scotchlike.
Good for an after dinner cordial
I really like this scotch! Fairly mild on the nose but complex taste with a hint of smoke. Just the right amount of spice!
Great flavor. I find the Smokey notes to be a little harsh for me. The raspberry and white chocolate are quite enjoyable.
Nice smooth smoky flavor that is not overpowering. Described as "honest" by my oldest son when we had a tasting. He nailed it. It starts and finishes smooth, nice flavor. The amount of smoke is nice.
smokey and spicy
Nondescript. Average run of the mill . Drink alone. Not to impress.
Vanilla nose and smooth through. I didn't get the smoky flavor as much as others.
If I were to do a blind taste test, and have to guess what this was, I would pick Scotch every time. Very complex and smooth with a light smoky sweetness.
Fitting a NM whiskey would be Very peppery and spicey on the nose and finish; over ice brings out more sweetness and takes the harshness out. Not as Smokey as I thought. Pretty good.
Nice smoky flavor but I prefer peat over mesquite.
Sweet and smoky, but very alcohol forward.
I am a big scotch fan. And this american whiskey is nice. Some complexity with a nice heat.
It’s slightly too sweet for my taste but probably would be just fine for someone who likes highland scotches. Mesquite smoke adds a subtle interesting flavor, which comes through even more in the aftertaste.
Sweet, slightly floral taste. Mild nose, with a buttery middle and a mild finish. Nothing lingering too long, slightly malty finish.
Of the 3 samples of "New World Single Malt", this was my favorite. Actually ordered a bottle of it through Flaviar the next night. The "wood smoke" sold it for me.....along with the warmth, sweetness, and baking spices. The finish is super long, and sweet ...maple syrup, burnt caramel, and hint of spice. Excellent after dinner by a fire.
Strong and smoky, but added just a drop of water and it smoothed out nicely.
This is one of my absolute favorite whiskeys. It's like a southwest scotch given the malted barley and non-peat smoke. It's very different from peat smokiness, but very warming and subtle enough to sip. Colkegan also has this same whiskey finished in their apple brandy casks that is EVEN BETTER!
A little clumsy with lots of naked alcohol, but love the big smoke.
I'm fairly convinced thanks mesquite doesn't belong in a single make whiskey. I've had this on some decent cocktails but it is not a sipper. Way too much smoke that doesn't balance well with the single malt sweetness.
Really really enjoyed this one. Going to look into buying a bottle. I’ve found I enjoy smoke but not spice, and this was my favorite of the three in the “new world single malt” tasting kit. Pleasant sweetness, especially after a touch of water.
Pleasantly surprising after the B selection. Flavor spiral seems attuned. Milk or white chocolate upfront with sweet smoke behind it. Floral, vanilla and sweet fruit follow for a smooth semi-dry finish. This compares favorably to highland malt finished in sherry cask. Price point seems fair. Will likely add to home bar in near future.
Very nice whisky. I like the subtle smoke.
Very smooth and tasty
Very syrupy mouthfeel. Good neat or on rocks!
Couldn’t appreciate the smoke at all. I thought it was mislabeled.
Super smooth, caramel flavors, and very easy to drink.