Laws Whiskey House San Luis Valley Rye Cask Strength Review (First Pour)

Review by Mark Pringle |
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82 Highly Rated Bourbon General Review of Laws San Luis Valley Straight Rye Whiskey (Cask), Batch BBL A-21

Frankly, this review of Laws Whiskey House San Luis Valley Rye Cask Strength is all over the place because I am having a hard time determining if the uniqueness of this rye whiskey is good or bad. Aged over three years in new, 53-gallon oak barrels and bottled at cask strength, this Laws cask strength rye is one of the most unique ryes I've experienced.

Rating: 82


Ratings breakdown based on a 100 point scale.

  • 90-100 Exceptional
  • 80-89 Very Good
  • 70-79 Average
  • 60-69 Below Average
  • 50-60 Drain Pour

Detailed Tasting Notes

Nose Review - Rating: 88

The nose is very complex from the beginning, with aromas of malted cocoa (crème de cacao), espresso coffee, and dark fruit (dark cherry). There is also noticeable honey oak and brown sugar. A buttery caramel aroma is battling for attention with all of these other notes. There is little to no ethanol.

Palate Review - Rating: 75

This is where I struggle with Laws Whiskey House San Luis Valley Rye Cask Strength. The palate is a bar of malty dark milk chocolate-almost a Tootsie Roll flavor combined with oak. This is a different rye. It is so strange and unexpected that it’s almost a negative. But it's so different that it's almost good. It has many flavor characteristics of a single malt scotch but is a 100% heirloom rye. That's crazy. I'm not sure it works as a neat drink, so I'll go with my gut when rating the palate.

Finish Review - Rating: 75

The malty cocoa finish is relatively short. Not much lingers in the back of the throat or while going down the throat.

Uniqueness Review - Rating: 95

This is where Laws Whiskey House San Luis Valley Rye Cask Strength shines. It is the most unusual rye whiskey I've experienced to date. In the world of whiskey, different is good. However, I'm still trying to determine if this rye is good.

Value Review - Rating: 78

At a retail of about $69.99, this rye is priced acceptably in today's market because of its uniqueness.

Author: Mark Pringle
Smell IS taste. I am just a guy who has been hit with the bourbon bug and who has come to the conclusion that life is too short to drink average tasting bourbons. Go Gators!
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