Amador 10-Barrel 2nd release was crafted by the Charbay Distillery Master Distillers Miles and Marko Karakasevic. A blend of 60% straight malt whiskey and 40% hop-flavored whiskey distilled from a craft IPA beer, the components were aged separately for over 2 years in French oak wine barrels and then "married" in our family Chardonnay barrels for another 2 years before being bottled.
Tasting it neat, the initial impression is caramel, cloves and vanilla. It has a rich palate, with a finish that lasts for about 10 minutes.
The beer flavors stand out with a bit of dilution, experiencing it with a cube of ice during the heat of summer. The hop spice is enhanced, along with all the 2-row barley flavors. Again, a long-lasting body with an extremely smooth finish.
This whiskey definitely holds up to a splash of water or cube of ice, and will make exquisite whiskey-based cocktails. It's currently drinking well and will handle many years in the bottle. As the flavors develop and deepen over time, we recommend enjoying some now and tucking a case away for special occasions 20-30 years from now.