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Filmland Spirits, a newer non-distilling whiskey producer founded in 2020, offers a unique blend of cinematic and whiskey appreciation, taking inspiration from classic B-movies and focusing on innovative storytelling in the branding and marketing of the whiskey. With two new releases this year, Filmland Spirits has created two new worlds, “a wildly creative pairing of an original retro B-Movie concept … complete with monsters, robots and over-the-top plots … with a delicious and unique whiskey.” The “Town at the End of Tomorrow,” a Kentucky Bourbon, and “Ryes of the Robots Extended Cut.”
Filmland Spirits is headquartered in Los Angeles. “Ryes of the Robots Extended Cut” is a cask-strength version of the theatrical cut, a fan favorite and whiskey that won the gold medal at the 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
The story of this limited release focuses on the aftermath of the Automation Wars of 3050. The tale is told of a time in the far future of when “the world has rejected technology and embraced a simpler time where cocktail clubs are the new state houses and bartenders hold sway. When a fallen technology titan builds an army of robotic bartenders to conquer the world, the only hope is Courtney Winters, the Cocktail Consortium’s number one bartender. Can she fend off this despotic army of mechanized mixologists or will this be the world’s unhappiest hour!”
“Ryes of the Robots Extended Cut” is virtually identical to the original expression, with a mash bill of 95% rye and 5% malted barley, aged 4+ years in American White Oak. But this powerhouse comes in at 108-proof, up from 94-proof. As was the case with my tasting of Filmland Spirits’ “Town at the End of Tomorrow,” this tasting experience was paired with an immersive storyboard and trailer, fully invoking the spirit of old Hollywood.
Vital Stats: Mash bill of 95% Rye and 5% Malted Barley. Aged 4+ years in American White Oak, produced and distilled in Kentucky. ABV 54% (108-Proof). Small Batch release with a SRP of $74.95.
Appearance: The whiskey has a hue like that of baled hay with flecks of darker orange.
Nose: I enjoyed the spiciness on the nose, opening with faint apricot and a stronger plastic note, like vinyl on a warm day.
Palate: The word that springs to mind is “punchy.” The whiskey hits hard off the bat, with high rye and a beautifully balanced heat and pleasantly oily mouthfeel. Notes of tangerine, macadamia nut, and cloves are consistent throughout.