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Tincup American Whiskey
Tincup is a whiskey brand based in Colorado that takes inspiration from the miners of the 19th century. It is named after the mining town Tincup, and each bottle comes with a tin glass that’s modeled after the style glass miners would use to enjoy and share whiskey.
Tincup American Whiskey is a blend of two whiskies which are both aged in charred oak barrels for a minimum of four years. One is a high rye bourbon that’s distilled and aged in Indiana, while the other is a single malt from Colorado. The blend is then diluted with Rocky Mountain water.
❖ Spirit: American Whiskey
❖ Distillery: Bottled By Tincup Whiskey in Denver, Colorado
❖ ABV: 42% (84 Proof)
❖ Blend of Whiskies aged for minimum of four years
❖ Low Price
❖ Color: Amber
❖ Nose: Mint, Maple, Fruit
❖ Taste: Caramel, Vanilla, Spice, Fruit
❖ Finish: Medium, Mint, Cinnamon, Spice
2 oz Whiskey
2 oz Lemonade
1 oz Water
❖ Add all ingredients to a glass filled with ice.
I was initially interested in this recipe for a Frozen Lemonade from Tincup because of it’s simplicity. The measurements are easy to remember, and could easily be scaled up for more servings, potentially making it a great option for parties. But, while it’s refreshing and smooth to drink, the bitterness of the spice and pepper notes is prominent, and the lemonade doesn’t add enough sweetness for balance until the finish. I’m glad I tested this recipe, but it unfortunately won’t make it into my regular cocktail rotation.
Despite not enjoying the flavor of Tincup American Whiskey, I still think it’s a decent option because of the affordable price and fun bottle design. There were individual notes I liked, but I felt the overall balance was off. There was a disconnect between the sweet vanilla and fruit notes, and the bitter spice and mint notes. I couldn’t shake the feeling that I would have preferred either a rye or a bourbon instead of this high rye bourbon blend.
The bottle design and price are the real saving grace for Tincup American Whiskey. While it might undercut some of the marketing that emphasizes the state of Colorado, I think it’s ultimately a wise decision to use sourced whiskey to keep up with demand and maintain an affordable price. And, I love the tin cup that comes with each bottle, as it adds a fun element to drinking and stands out on the shelf. In fact, I think it could be a great gift for someone who is new to whiskey in general or has an interest in high rye whiskey.
As always, drink responsibly.
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