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Eight Settlers Ragtown American Whiskey

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7

Whiskey Review: Eight Settlers Ragtown American Whiskey

Tasting Notes:

About:
45% ABV; aged minimum 3 years; 750mL
Appearance:
Few, scattered, uneven legs, light blonde, clear
Nose:
Highly aromatic. Creamy, honeyed citrus, chamomile tea, lemon cookies
Palate:
Soft, a little heavier texture. Extremely light in flavor, with a note of honey. Some of the citrus from the nose comes into back palate, pairing a crispness with a touch of spice. After a lingering finish, there’s a punchy burst of something bright and fruity, reminiscent of both peach and grapefruit. had much less of an impact, being a little too light on flavor – though the flavors that came through were good. I’ll be very, very interested in future releases of this expression, and to see if any differing factors change the output – more time in barrel, different blends, possibly a home distillation. Sending User Review 0 (0 votes) Buy A Bottle Share: XFacebookLinkedInEmail Drinks Aizome Island – Tropical Style Minor Cobbler Strawberry Rhubarb Julep Crimson & Clover Club Wynken, Blynken, & Nog Related Articles Whiskey Review: Highline Triple Rye Whiskey Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Highline Triple Rye Whiskey American / Reviews Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke American Whiskey Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke American Whiskey American / Reviews Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Octomore 14.3 Editor’s Note: This whisky was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Octomore 14.3 Reviews / Scotch Whisky Review: Glenglassaugh 12 Years Old Editor’s Note: This whisky was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whisky Review: Glenglassaugh 12 Years Old Reviews / Scotch Whiskey Review: Highline American Whiskey Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Highline American Whiskey American / Reviews Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke Rye Whiskey Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke Rye Whiskey American / Reviews Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Octomore 14.2 Editor’s Note: This whisky was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Octomore 14.2 Reviews / Scotch Whisky Review: Glenglassaugh Sandend Editor’s Note: This whisky was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whisky Review: Glenglassaugh Sandend Reviews / Scotch Whiskey Review: Highline Straight Kentucky Whiskey Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Highline Straight Kentucky Whiskey American / Reviews Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke Bourbon Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke Bourbon Bourbon / Reviews Talia Gragg Talia is part of the Portland service industry community, and an alumna of the Multnomah Whiskey Library. She’s an avid spirit and cocktail enthusiast, and likes to experience them both academically and recreationally. When not sipping whiskey she’s a ceramic artist and lover of travel. More by Talia Gragg Follow us on Twitter Find us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Connect with on on LinkedIn About Advertise Subscribe Editorial Standards Privacy Policy Terms of Use
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I was very surprised by this. Considering the young age and lack of distinguishing mash bill, I didn’t really have high hopes. I was neither right nor wrong. The nose on this whiskey is one of the most delicious and bizarre I’ve ever encountered. Fruity, light, bright, it didn’t really bring a base of cereal grains to mind, it was almost more like a wine. The spirit on the palate had much less of an impact, being a little too light on flavor – though the flavors that came through were good.rnrnI’ll be very, very interested in future releases of this expression, and to see if any differing factors change the output – more time in barrel, different blends, possibly a home distillation.

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by the party behind it. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the buy link in this review our site receives a small referral payment which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs. 

You say Utah, I say… distillery? No, it’s not exactly the first thing that comes to mind when considering this particular southwestern state. 

Eight Settlers Distillery is named for the history of the area the distillery is in. The distillery is located in Cottonwood Heights, a town that goes back to the nineteenth century (though at that time it was called Butlerville). It was settled by eight families – thus, Eight Settlers. 

The distillery is accompanied by a similarly-themed restaurant, with each of the dining rooms paying homage to a different element of the history of the area. Founders Katia and Radu Dugala are no newcomers to any part of the industry. Before starting Eight Settlers they had a bar and restaurant in California, as well as having a prior business in Utah. Radu’s distilling ambition and training started early, when he learned with his grandfather as a child in Romania. 

Ragtown is classified as an American whiskey, not falling into any more specific category. According to the distillery, it’s a blend of two straight American whiskeys. The blending and bottling is all done at Eight Settlers’ distillery, though the spirits themselves are distilled in Indiana (one can presume that makes this an MGP product). 

The name comes from yet another location in the history of Utah settlers. Ragtown was a refuge for many hardworking early pioneers. It was the midpoint stop between Big Cottonwood Canyon and Little Cottonwood Canyon, making in the stop between mines and city. The necessity for a rest stop between the two created the little hamlet of Ragtown, with just a few homes and stores. As any commuter or road-tripper knows, these little stops are absolutely essential, especially in the wide expanse of the American West. 

Something else that’s absolutely essential for road trips and the American West? American whiskey.

Eight Settlers Ragtown American Whiskey review
We review Eight Settlers Ragtown American Whiskey, a Utah whiskey that’s a blend of two straight American whiskeys distilled in Indiana. (image via Eight Settlers)

Tasting Notes: Eight Settlers Ragtown American Whiskey

Vital Stats: 45% ABV; aged minimum 3 years; 750mL

Appearance: Few, scattered, uneven legs, light blonde, clear

Nose: Highly aromatic. Creamy, honeyed citrus, chamomile tea, lemon cookies 

Palate: Soft, a little heavier texture. Extremely light in flavor, with a note of honey. Some of the citrus from the nose comes into back palate, pairing a crispness with a touch of spice. After a lingering finish, there’s a punchy burst of something bright and fruity, reminiscent of both peach and grapefruit.

Talia Gragg

Talia is part of the Portland service industry community, and an alumna of the Multnomah Whiskey Library. She’s an avid spirit and cocktail enthusiast, and likes to experience them both academically and recreationally. When not sipping whiskey she’s a ceramic artist and lover of travel.

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