Leadslingers is a whiskey from Scissortail Distillery in Moore, OK and its release is a collaboration with Article 15, a clothing company started by Veterans as a way to support their community its struggles after returning to the country they have been selflessly protecting. It’s great to see a local company team up with a company like that and dedicate an entire line of products to such a fantastic cause.
For more information on this whiskey and the distillery that produces it, check out our interview with the owner, Garrett, here.
Company: Scissortail Distillery
Distillery: Scissortail Distillery
Location: Moore, Oklahoma
Mash Bill: ? (corn, barley and smoked peat rye)
Age: 8 months
ABV: 40% (80 proof)
Color: Very pale gold
Nose: Right out of the gate there is a lot of ethanol on this aroma, so I let my glass sit for a good 20 minutes before diving in…ok, ready. There is some nice red fruit on the nose, like cherry or strawberry. It’s definitely got the young, sweet, lots-of-corn thing going on, but there are more barrel notes than I expected (not much, but still more than expected) in the form of dry oak and vanilla. I don’t get any smoke or rye notes, which is surprising given these notes were somewhat present in the Scissortail Bourbon.
Taste: Like the nose, this is a sweet pour with corn and ethanol being the first things to really hit. There are some nice notes behind that first wave including green apples, cinnamon, oak, and a little vanilla. The backing notes aren’t the easiest things to find and you really have to let it break down for a while on your tongue for those to pop.
Finish: This one finishes hot, grain alcohol hot, but once the blast of ethanol vapor wafts away there are big notes of apple and cinnamon, like sweet apple pie. The oak comes back to dry things up a bit, but not quite enough. As the cinnamon and oak subside, only sweet apple is left, which actually isn’t a bad footprint to leave behind.
Overall: It’s obvious this is young, which I expected, but I really wanted more of that small barrel aging and that rye to come out. While I honestly didn’t dislike this whiskey, there were points where it really threw me off, but those moments were always followed with something that helped redeem it which will keep me going back to this bottle as it has more time to open up. I think the rough edges could almost definitely be smoothed off by some more aging, so an extra aging experiment may be in order!