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.
What does Colkegan Single Malt Whiskey taste like?
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Colkegan Single Malt Whiskey 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 set of rules refer to manufacturing method rather than location. It must be matured in new and charred casks of American white oak. No colouring or flavoring of any type is allowed. It must be matured for at least 2 years, if a bottle does not bear an age it is at least 4 years old. The mash bill must contain at least 51% corn.
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.