Review: Breakout Premium Rye Whiskey – 2.5 Noses

by Ernie Ayres on April 24, 2012

Breakout Rye Whiskey Review

This is part 2 of the previous review on Jailers Tennessee Whiskey. Both Jailers and Breakout whiskies have been released by the Tennessee Spirits Company. Since these are put out by the same company, I had high expectations. Jailers was the first whiskey we’ve reviewed to receive a 5 out of 5 Noses so, again, high expectations.

The packaging is almost identical to Jailers Tennessee Whiskey. As a matter of fact, the color of the whiskey in the bottle is almost identical as well. The only difference in the label was different wording on the back and a much blander metal medallion on the front. I would have loved to have seen more creativity there, but maybe the simplicity is what the TN Spirits Company is going for with this. Side note about the label: As I was reviewing this whiskey, I picked up the bottle several times to get a better look at it, copy text, etc. The metal label fell off without me touching it while I was finishing this review. Oops.

The color of the whiskey in the glass is a pleasant pale amber. Putting ice in mellows that color to a golden amber.

The nose was surprising! Of course it had a heavy toasted rye smell since Rye Whiskey needs to be at least 51% rye. After that was a slight banana, tobacco and black tea aroma that is very nice. Adding ice opened it up quite a bit, giving me a more sweet nose and I could pick out more sweetness *caramel?* and a slight vanilla smell.

This, unfortunately, is where it fell apart. The initial taste is a pleasant toasted rye followed by an overwhelming alcohol bite that was nowhere in the nose. How’d that happen? The bite is so hard that it drowns out everything else until the finish where I found a sweet sugar maple and dried apricot combination. The taste doesn’t fade extremely fast, but too quick for me given that most of the flavor was right there. Adding ice unfortunately didn’t help much. I got to the finish a little quicker after the ice melted but the bite is just too much for me.

I was a little worried that I was just being too hard on Breakout because of my experience with Jailers so I had a few friends try it and we all agreed on the bite being a bit too much.

Breakout Premium Rye Whiskey gets a 2.5 out of 5 Noses. I suggest that you to try to find this at a restaurant or pub and give it a try. If you like it, then buy the bottle. I’ve found this locally priced around $38.00 and have seen it for up to $49.99 for 750ml on the internet. If you’re a rye whiskey guy (or gal) you might love this, but we just didn’t.

Maybe someone could recommend a good food pairing that would make this a better experience. Leave your comments below!


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