At Home Booze Review: Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky

WELL, WELL, WELL. IT’S BEEN A WHILE. It has indeed. It’s good to be back, having a splash in the comforts of my abode.

WHAT’S THE MATTER, YOU’RE TOO GOOD TO DRINK AT HOME THESE DAYS? Well…yeah. I guess so.

WHAT ARE YOU DRINKING THIS EVENING? Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky. It’s Canadian, which is foreign.

DOES THAT MAKE IT GOOD? What?

THAT IT’S FOREIGN. Sure.

WHERE? In my Archie Bunker chair (aka my Iron Throne), amidst the chaos that is my living room.

HOW IS IT? The booze?

DUH. It’s confusing.

LIKE ALICIA SILVERSTONE IN BATMAN AND ROBIN? I don’t even know what that means.

HOW ABOUT THE WHISKY? Well, I am a bit of a whiskey purist, but this stuff is damn tasty, I have to admit. I will lean towards whiskey-flavored whiskey any day of the week, but this maple-flavored juice is pretty impressive, despite my initial skepticism. The maple syrup aspect helps to neutralize any burn that the whisky would leave in the finish, without overly detracting from the fact that it is still, you know, whisky. The flavor is nice, robust, and easy-drinking.

HOW COME THEM CANUCKS SPELL THE WORD ‘WHISKEY’ WEIRD? That’s a good question, but before I address it, I must point out that I think that the word ‘Canuck’ is derogatory.

WHAT DO YOU CARE? I don’t, frankly, I just figured that we should make an attempt at political correctness. To answer your question, Canadian, Scotch, and Japanese whiskies are spelled ‘whisky,’ while most American and Irish folks refer to theirs as ‘whiskey.’ It’s just the way it is. Unless I am referring directly to a Canadian, Scotch, or Japanese whisky, I shall use the spelling of ‘whiskey.’ Because I live in America, and I am a patriot.

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DEEP THOUGHTS? This is a great whisky for novices and seasoned veterans alike; the flavor profile is very approachable to a variety of palates. The novices will appreciate Tap 357’s drinkability, while the judgmental veterans will most likely be pleasantly surprised that it doesn’t suck. It doesn’t. Trust me. But do watch out: the sugar in this stuff will cause a wicked hangover, methinks. Don’t get carried away.

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