Lonerider is yet another new entrant in the flourishing bourbon marketplace and today we’ll look more into the product (and the company behind it).  Lonerider Spirits is the sister company of Lonerider Brewing in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The brewery was originally established roughly a decade ago, and has produced award-winning brews since, with plans for several single malt whiskies utilizing those same aforementioned beer grain bills in their upcoming “brewstillery.”  This particular whiskey however is distilled in Indiana (most likely in the MGP-owned old Seagram’s distillery) and presumably aged and bottled in North Carolina.  The mash bill is 60% corn, 36% rye, 4% barley and the whiskey is 90 proof.

Appearance

  • Medium brown with tinges of ruby.  Short thin legs.

Nose

  • Vanilla, roasted corn, heavy sherry, funnel cake

Taste

  • The sherry masks really any appreciable flavors in the whiskey other than rye sweetness and mulling spice.  Some vanilla and caramel is present however.

Finish

  • All sherry and the heat of a young whiskey

Score

  • 78

Lonerider Sherry Cask Finished Bourbon

78.0 Not Good

Although the idea is great in theory, the execution here is the main issue. The sherry cask, which should be a compliment to the base spirit, instead overpowers it. Or perhaps it was intended that way to mask the lack of oak cask aging. Whatever the case may be, there are many other excellent sherry cask finished bourbons out there, so steer clear of this one. It has a lot of work to be done to be a viable product. Hopefully their upcoming single malt whiskies fare better.

  • Lonerider Sherry Cask Finished Bourbon 78
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Nick is a veteran writer about all things spirits, an avid brewer of craft brews, and self-proclaimed whiskey fanatic from Houston, TX. He had written for close to a decade about spirits for Examiner.com but is also a systems administrator by trade in the field of IT. He's been spotted at several high-profile tasting events all over Houston, and has made tons of friends in the beer, wine, and spirits world over the years. He is married with two sons, and currently resides in the Houston suburb of Tomball. You can follow him on Twitter @fykusfire.

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