Tincup 10

                                                                                                              The weather here in Indianapolis is very cold right now, that makes for a perfect excuse to stay inside a drink some liquor. Today Talking Bourbon is tasting Tincup 10 American Whiskey.

This comes from their website  “Mashbill is 2/3 corn, 1/3 rye, and a small amount of malted barley. It is aged in white American oak barrels with a number three char for a minimum of 10 years before it is cut to proof with Rocky Mountain spring water.”

Tincup 10 comes in what looks like the same somewhat cool looking bottle as the original Tincup, is 84 proof, sells for around $50 for the 750ml and is available at most liquor store that sell nicer products.

TB is not a big fan of the original Tincup, seems whenever there is a gimmick (shot glass for a lid, Rocky Mountain water, etc) the juice is not up to par with the price of the bottle. Hopefully 10  will be a pleasant surprise.

One note, Tincup should have aged this product one or two years longer or one year less. The name Tincup 10 sounds odd. Also, it seems to have all the qualifications for a Bourbon but for some reason they call it an American Whiskey.  Not sure why.

NOSE

TB:     While it has a sweet caramel and vanilla latte aroma up front, the nose is not real strong.  Secondary scents include toffee, stone fruit and oak.

TASTE

TB:   Like the nose the flavors are very subdued.  Getting a little bit of the caramel and vanilla that was on the nose. Also get slight hints of spice(maybe cinnamon), oak and something that reminded one a little of grass.

FINISH

TB:   Medium with a little bit of Rye and more sweetness, not much of a burn.

OVERALL

TB:    Not that impressed. The smells and flavors were both hard to pick up, especially for ten years in the barrel.

Nose       3.25 out of 5

Taste       7.25 out of 10

Finish      3.5 out of 5

Total score      14 out of 20 barrels.

While Tincup 10 American Whiskey is not bad, it’s sweetness might make for a decent starter Whiskey, but $50 is a little steep for that. Was also a little disappointed in the proof, Talking Bourbon considers 90 proof to be the low end threshold. Again, no big deal if this is a $20 product but don’t want to pay a premium for water.

If a lighter body, sweet whiskey is your thing, give it a try. But you can find sweet low proof Whiskey at a lot lower price point.

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