Redwood Empire Lost Monarch Cask Strength Whiskey Review

Review by Mark Pringle |
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82 Highly Rated Bourbon General Review of Redwood Empire Lost Monarch Cask Strength Whiskey

Redwood Empire Lost Monarch Cask Strength Whiskey is a handcrafted whiskey that pays homage to California's natural beauty. The whiskey is named after the Lost Monarch, a giant redwood tree discovered in 1998 in Northern California. This tree was estimated to be over 1,500 years old and was one of the largest trees in the world before it fell in a storm in 1991. However, this history does not add to the taste of the whiskey. What is the tasting experience of Redwood Empire Lost Monarch Cask Strength Whiskey? Let's find out in this review.

Redwood Empire Lost Monarch Cask Strength Whiskey Review

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: 80

It is always good when you open a bottle of whiskey and the aroma permeates the air. That was certainly the case with Redwood Empire Lost Monarch Cask Strength Whiskey. Upon a closer nosing, you really smell the rye influence. Mildly peppery, rye spice is the first note. After a quick swirl, a little bit of ethanol and light berries. White pepper and brown sugar. After a few more sips and swirls, light berries and honey are mixed with rye spice.

Palate Review - Rating: 82

The palate starts sweet, goes immediately hot, and settles into a peppery honey finish as it passes the mid-palate. Redwood Empire Lost Monarch Cask Strength Whiskey initially drinks hotter than its 117 proof might suggest. This blend of 55% straight rye whiskey and 45% straight bourbon tastes almost as you would expect of an excellent cask-strength whiskey of this blend. After further nosing, sip number two is pretty much the same, with a honey sweetness mixed with rye spice and white pepper. There's a nice density to this whiskey, too. This excellent-tasting whiskey runs a little hot but is never harsh.

Finish Review - Rating: 83

On the finish of Redwood Empire Lost Monarch Cask Strength Whiskey, that white pepper tends to linger, and the heat radiates down your esophagus for a long time.

Uniqueness Review - Rating: 79

While you would not call this particularly unique, it is very well done.

Value Review - Rating: 85

Great value at a $69.99 MSRP.

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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