February 10, 2011

Charbay Doubled & Twisted Light Whiskey Review

charbay_doubled_twisted_whiskey.jpgCharbay Doubled & Twisted Light Whiskey
White Dog Whiskey made from bottle-ready IPA
99 Proof (49.5% ABV)
Price: ~$60 per liter, if you can still get your hands on this limited run

They Say: "The result of using a great IPA is all the hop flavors and two row malty flavors distilled over into the final spirit. The hops give the D&T a fruity, floral, very green spicy character, unlike any other whiskey out there."

We Say: When you're right, you're right, and these Charbay folks are right on, both with their description of Doubled & Twisted and the fact they even made it. What kind of geniuses decide they're going to take a bunch of bottle-ready IPA and distill the hell out of it? To us, it's a discovery so big it's like they invented the wheel, harnessed fire and discovered the lost city of gold, all at once.

The nose was all IPA and the black pepper rawness of an unaged whiskey, without burning our nose hairs. When we tasted it the hops in the IPA came through loud and clear, moreso than we would've expected even, and it has a nice, long hoppy finish we really enjoyed. On the recommendation of Rick from CocktailGoGo we mixed one of our 50ML sample bottles into a Manhattan, and we will never look at the drink the same way again. To paraphrase a certain beer drinking movie, we wished we could freeze it into ice blocks and skate on it, and melt it in the spring time and drink it.

The Verdict: As an unaged product made from high-end ingredients, Doubled & Twisted is the Tarzan of whiskeys - an excellent pedigree, but a bit lacking in table manners. As long as you know you're in for a moonshiney experience, we can see craft beer enthusiasts and whiskey lovers alike going gaga over D&T - assuming, of course, you can get your hands on it.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at February 10, 2011 5:50 AM
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Hi Chuck -

I think your typical neutral grain spirit would have the hell distilled right out of it to get rid of any flavors from the original mash. It's our understanding they're keeping the character of the IPA they distilled and keeping the ABV lower (~100 proof), which keeps it squarely in the whiskey category. Does that make sense?

Posted by: Jake Jamieson at February 10, 2011 11:01 AM

Can you explain why the term whiskey can apply to this liquor? I'm not doubting that it tastes as good as you describe, but everything that I've read about whiskey doesn't jive with what this product is. Isn't it just a generic distilled spirit?

Posted by: Chuck Steel at February 10, 2011 10:36 AM
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