April 2019: A.D. Laws Whiskey

Our April 2019 Tasting Event featured a blind tasting of four bottles from Laws Whiskey House, better known as A.D. Laws. This is our second consecutive blind tasting of Colorado whiskey this year, the previous being Breckenridge Bourbon.

Laws Whiskey House is a distillery located in Denver, Colorado. The vision for the distillery was born in 2006 by a former investment banker, Al Laws. The distillery’s roots are firmly embedded in Colorado, as it sources all of its grains in-state. Its cooperage comes from southeastern Missouri, but every barrel contains whiskey distilled and aged at least 2 years in Denver’s elevated climate.

In 2011, Laws Whiskey House started production. And in 2014, its products started hitting shelves in Colorado. Word spread quickly, and now A.D. Laws bottles are popping up in stores across the country.

We tasted blind samples four A.D. Laws bottles, not knowing what the spirit was, much less the distillery.

A.D. Laws Wheat

Bottle 1: A.D. Laws Triticum Straight Wheat Whiskey 

Age: 3 Years

Mash Bill: 100% Wheat

Nose: Salted caramel. Stewed apple. Sourdough. Fresh leather. New car. Cinnamon. Plum.

Palate: Grainy. Barley. Sourgum. Grape nuts. Annise. Waxy.

Finish: Dried apple. Bitter chocolate. Apricot pit.

A.D. Laws Rye

Bottle 2: A.D. Laws Small Batch Secale Straight Rye

Age: 2 Years

Mash Bill:  95% Rye, 5% Malted Barley

Nose: Bright. Plum. Sourdough. Kiwi. Some funk.

Palate: Funky cheese. Apple crisp. Old leather.

Finish: Dry. Chili pepper. Ends with a sweet note.

A.D. Laws Four Grain

Bottle 3: A.D. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon

Age: 3 Years

Mash Bill: 60% Corn, 20% Wheat, 10% Rye, 10% Malted Barley

Nose: Vanilla. Peppermint. Cheap cocktail cherry. Brown sugar cookie.

Palate: Older than the first two. More oak. Caramel. Toasted Pecans. Grain.

Finish: Barrel char. Burnt apple crisp. Hard candy shell sweetness.

A.D. Laws Four Grain Cask Strength

Bottle 4: A.D. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon Cask Strength 

Age: 3 Years

Mash Bill: 60% Corn, 20% Wheat, 10% Rye, 10% Malted Barley

Nose: Sugar in the raw. Red licorice. Acetone. Red hots.

Palate: Bubblegum. Grain. Pixie stick.

Finish: Chocolate covered cherry. Twizzlers.

 

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