Review: Charbay Doubled & Twisted Light Whiskey (2011)
Charbay’s Master Distiller Marko Karakasevic, a 26-year veteran of the business, has created his first spirit, an unaged “white whiskey,” part of the big push to make moonshine, er, white whiskey palatable to the drinking public.
Whiskey is essentially distilled beer, and Karakasevic’s idea was that, especially if you aren’t going to age your spirit, you ought to use really good beer as the base. Doubled & Twisted is made from a high-grade IPA — Karakasevic says it’s the most expensive beer ever used to make whiskey.
As white whiskey goes, it’s pretty good. The IPA’s hops come across quite clearly, which tempers the funk that is wholly unavoidable with unaged whiskeys and lends the whiskey more herbal and grain character than you’d think. It’s still edgy and rough — you can’t get away from it with white dog — but I do like what Karakasevic has done here. Now what would happen if he put this stuff in barrel for a few years…. Hmmmmmm….
1200 bottles made. 99 proof.
B+ / $60 / charbay.com