Tincup

"Somewhere in between a sweet single malt and a low-ABV bourbon, but neither here nor..."

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TINCUP is named the tin cups from which the Colorado mining pioneers drank their whiskey. The man behind TINCUP is Jess Graber who was previously involved in setting up Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. The reason why it cannot be called a bourbon is that some Stranahan’s Whiskey is added, so officially this is a blend. According to Jess Graber, they also did not want to call it a bourbon, since they wanted to construct a slightly different flavour profile based on a proprietary blend of bourbon in cooperation with Indiana’s MGP. Looking at their website, this must be a robust flavourful whiskey that fits the surroundings and inhabitants of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, but we know the truthfulness of advertising within whisky.

Nose

Sweet malt. At first I was really under the impression this might be a single malt, but obviously it isn’t. Lots of vanilla, burned sugar, marshmallows and a hint of artificial raspberry flavour. Then it develops more on honey, pumpkin seed bread, sweet rye spices and then it comes back to the vanilla and other sweetness. Very easy nose, while it is still interesting enough. Well, just. 

Taste

Again very easy with honey, vanilla pudding, custard, next to a spicy and woody edge. There is not that much development other than more vanilla and coconut. The cask has certainly had its influence here. It is nicely balanced, albeit slightly boring. The aftertaste consists of vanilla and coconut.

Overall

A decent bourbon, whiskey, blend or what should I call it? It is well balanced, the nose is interesting, but it really lets down on the palate where it needs more power and depth. For me it is halfway a decent light sweet whiskey (something like the Swedish Mackmyra) and an everyday balanced bourbon with a low ABV. However, as so often, it just lacks quality on both sides, which leaves it a bit, well, neither here nor there. So I might be missing the point to why bottle this when something like Stranahan’s is so much better.

What others say

Whiskybase: 82.33 (3 votes) * @TheWhiskeyJugh: 82/100 * @Distiller: 86/100 * @TheWhiskeyReviewer: B-
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Scores

these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •

Cask influence
60%
Sweet <-> Spicy
15%
Nose 83%
Taste 79%
Balance 84%
Depth 75%
Finish 76%
Score