Whiskey Review: Mic.Drop. L20-01

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

This has to be one of the most interesting concepts for a whiskey brand yet. Mic.Drop., a private brand project from PM Spirits, is the result of an undertaking that does not actually produce anything. To make a Mic.Drop. product, the PM team has chosen to leverage their whiskey connections and work with distilleries to select barrels for Mic.Drop. collaborations. Essentially, dropping the mic on some secret bourbon stashes and smaller distilleries worthy of more press.

This particular whiskey, Mic.Drop. L20-01, was in the making prior to COVID-19 but after it hit, travelling to distilleries for tastings became more difficult so they went virtual. Barrel samples were sent in the mail and the team at PM Spirits and Wilderness Trail Distillery chatted over video calls to select just the perfect barrels for this sweet mash blend.

The label was also a bit of a group effort. The first Mic.Drop. rye labels were designed with the immigrants’ view of America. It is “rocking a Comic-inspired superhero, a pissed-off rattlesnake, and a gigantic bald eagle, it signals ‘American spirit’ on steroids.” When the founders’ daughters saw the label they wondered why it always had to be a guy. So the label was slightly tweaked for this second Mic.Drop. rye to have a female heroine.

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It’s important to Mic.Drop. to be as truthful as possible and let the booze speak for itself. “This is why we decided to keep the label as real and transparent as possible. All the facts (who, what, where, how old) are printed right on the front of the bottle. No BS, no fake spin. It’s our way of saying we know our shit is tight (*drops mic, walks away).”

Mic.Drop. L20-01

Mic.Drop. L20-01 (image via PM Spirits)

Tasting Notes: Mic.Drop. L20-01

Vital Stats: Aged four years. Distilled, aged, blended, and bottled at Wilderness Trail Distillery in Dansville, Kentucky. 56% rye, 33% corn, 11% barley malt. Sweet mash blend of 5 casks of rye from ricks N18H1, N18H8, N18H11, N18I7, and N18I9 dumped together it yielded 1500 bottles. Originally 111 proof but bottled at 108 proof. No chill-filtration $80.

Appearance: Burnished copper. Nice, thick legs.

Nose: The aromas are sweet, fresh, bright, and pleasant. I detect mild citrus, lemon marmalade, molasses, dill, and flowers.

Palate: Mic.Drop. Rye tastes like it smells, sweet and floral with a spicy and tangy middle, and a soothing syrup aftertaste. The flavors are mild and very woodsy. Cedar, oak, and pipe tobacco. The finish is long like a butterscotch candy that lingers on your tongue.

The Takeaway

Summary

Mic.Drop. Rye L20-01 is sweet and oakey. There's a floral start with a tangy middle, and a butterscotch finish. It's a hot whiskey by proof but the flavor is quite nice. I very much enjoy the nose. The proof is higher, yet the nose has some of the most pleasant aromas. I would assume this was more than four years old since the flavors are so mellow and smooth. It's not a 100 proof whiskey that hits you in the face or punches you in the mouth.

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