About – ” Welcome to Frey Ranch, where the know how of 165 years of farming and custom state-of-the-art distilling methods blend into every bottle of our sustainable Nevada born bourbon. In our lush farm oasis nestled in the Lake Tahoe watershed, each of our slow grown grains are an heirloom and a point of pride, specifically grown for our non-chill filtered 90 proof Bourbon. Grown, distilled, matured and bottled on site, this is a new generation of Frey that is more than a ranch, but a true farm distillery in this 36th state of the U.S.A., raising a whiskey of the land.” Frey Ranch bourbon comes from a family that has over 165 years of history in growing grain. This 4 grain mashbill features corn, rye, wheat, and barley all grown by Frey Ranch specifically to distill. This bourbon is non-chill filtered, bottled at 90 proof, and costs are $50.
Nose – Slightly floral to start things of followed by a nice sweet cherry and vanilla.
Palate – Starts off sweet and subtle with vanilla and oak. The longer it sits on the tongue big rye baking spice starts to come through mainly as cinnamon and nutmeg. Diving back in there is a lot of cherry on the front. As it begins to open up caramel starts to come through in the mid-palate. The finish is medium with tinges of bitter oak along with sweet cherry and backing spice.
Score – B+
Verdict – The more I drink it the more flavors that come through. This is a surprisingly complex whiskey for coming in at 90 proof. The grain to glass movement is gaining popularity these days, and Frey Ranch have positioned themselves right at the front of it. I opened this bottle expecting something “crafty” and just not ready yet, and this is not that. This is a refined product from a company who has something special going on. I’m not sure if it is the grains, the mashbill, or the Nevada climate, but whatever they are doing is working.