Dead Drift Colorado White Whiskey Review

Dead Drift Colorado White Whiskey Review

Dead Drift Colorado White Whiskey is the new-make spirit for what KJ Wood Distillers will one day call their bourbon. I got this specific bottle of Dead Drift Colorado White Whiskey a couple years ago in a bottle swap and while I’m never too keen on new-make, I am keen on trying new things.

In KJ Wood Distillers’ Words: Dead Drift Colorado White Whiskey

“First, find the water you want your bourbon to drift through then cast upstream to this spot. Mending your mash creates a drag free fermentation, your grains imitating free-floating, real nymph. Casking bourbon will allow time to sink flavor deep into the profile before it gets to the targeted stretch or bar.

While our blue corn bourbon gets the knack of casking, you and your nymph, while not creating a drag, can manage your line well enough with our Colorado White to set the hook.”

Looking at their site, KJ, lists a Bourbon (Dead Drift Colorado Aged Whiskey) and the label has gone from mostly grey and white to being fully colored. They also no longer list the Dead Drift Colorado White Whiskey under their Spirits section. Though it does show up on the background of their homepage. I don’t quite know what to make of that so let’s ignore it and dive into the Dead Drift Colorado White Whiskey review!

Dead Drift Colorado White Whiskey Info

Region: Colorado, USA

Distiller: KJ Wood Distillers
Mashbill: at eats 51% corn + rye + malted barley
Cask: None
Age: 0
ABV: 50%

Batch: 1
Bottle: 42
Year: 3/14

Price: $50

Dead Drift Colorado White Whiskey Review

EYE
Clear

NOSE
Corn, vanilla, minerality and an alcohol spirit kick.

PALATE
Pine-like herbal, vanilla, Sprite, corn, minerality and waxy candy.

FINISH
Short drop of pinery herbal, Sprite, vanilla and corn.

BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Not balanced, light body and watery feel.

OVERALL
Dead Drift Colorado White Whiskey isn’t a daily drinker and isn’t something I’d recommend anyone pick up unless you’re doing it to support the distillery while they’re getting their aged bourbon ready. However, as far as new make goes, it’s not terrible and shows some promise to create a nice sweet sipping bourbon if it’s properly aged in large barrels for 4+ years. Will they actually do that? Your guess is as good as mine; they have released a “bourbon”, but their site is severly lacking in information.

SCORE: 74/100 (C)

Dead Drift Colorado White Whiskey Review
  • Nose - 74
  • Palate - 74
  • Finish - 74
  • Balance, Body & Feel - 74

Summary

Dead Drift Colorado White Whiskey is decent for a white whiskey.

Dead Drift Colorado White Whiskey Label

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2 Responses to Dead Drift Colorado White Whiskey Review

  1. Glad you were willing to this a try.
    Flatrock Distillery near Dayton, Oh started out with white whiskey (Traditional Moonshine- a 50/50 blend of corn and cane) and white rum while their bourbon was resting in the oak. Two years later they released their first straight wheated bourbon which was very good. Then came the 3 year and finally, early this year , they released their 4 year bourbon which is exceptional. Could I have predicted this from the early moonshine? Not really but apparently they know what they’re doing as demand is strong and each version of the bourbon is better than the last. Hopefully KJW will stay the course and end up with a great bourbon.

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