Aromas of baked pumpkin bread, orange peel and baked apples waft from the glass, so fresh and fragrant. Nutmeg, allspice, molasses and dark bread are an all-star cast on the palate, making for a truly distinctive whiskey. It warms the mouth as well as any hot toddy, the cinnamon notes increasingly sweet to the finish. Hand crafted from a mash of bourbon, rye, hand-ground botanicals and aromatic spices. 92
CALI California Sipping Whiskey was just released. I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of the first bottles. CALI is hand crafted from a blend of rich corn mash bourbon, and spicy rye. After aging in clean oak barrels, it is finished with hand-ground botanicals, herbs, and aromatic spices. CALI is produced and bottled by Sukkah Hill Spirits in Gardena California.It pours to a golden amber color. The aroma is nutmeg, apple, cinnamon stick and spiced orange gum drops. The sweet bourbon entry has molasses and cinnamon flavor that is joined by apple cider and nutmeg at the midpoint. The smooth fade is warm with a mild spicy rye sting. It finishes with vanilla, allspice, cinnamon and spiced orange taste. CALI California Sipping Whiskey packs the flavor of a well crafted spiced rum, with the smooth and sweet taste of a well crafted bourbon. This is a very smooth and tasty whiskey that at different times balances apple cider and fresh orange flavor with hand ground spice. CALI is a nice sipping whiskey, that also presents a very tasty flavor pallet for mixing cocktails.
Made in Gardena California
Award: Gold Medal
There aren’t a whole lot of spiced whiskies out there. So, I was quite intrigued to receive a sample of one by the same couple who head up Sukkah Hill Spirits (see my reviews of their liqueurs here).
CALI California Sipping Whiskey (85 proof)
Nose: Ginger, cinnamon and clove painted against malty whiskey canvas.
Taste: Remarkably smooth for a higher-proof whiskey. The initial impression is of warmth and spice cake. This opens up quickly into a broader palate that is predominantly cinnamon.
Finish: Long with a lot of the spices lingering and creating a cooling sensation on the tongue. Very much akin to an allspice liqueur.
Overall: I wish this was more widely available. It honestly puts many spiced rums to shame. You can even use it in Tiki drinks for extra pop. Try this is a Hot Toddy or neat in a Brandy snifter. It is a great winter warmer.
GSN Rating: A-