Yesterday, I reviewed Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye in honor of my own father’s birthday week. Today, I am continuing with this trend with a review of Dad’s Hat Vermouth Finish. The base of this whiskey is the standard Dad’s Hat rye. The difference is that this whiskey has spent at least 3 months extra-aging in barrels that previously held Vermouth. In addition, this whiskey has been bottled at the higher proof of 94 (47% abv).
The nose has some of the berry sweetness, wood shaving, and chocolate notes of the original, but the sweetness is more to the fore against the sharper rye flavors. The palate has some cherry cola sweetness (without being overpowering or cloying), some rye, mint, and juniper. The finish is longer and spicier than the original in my estimation with a little more rye, cinnamon, and drying gingerbread.
Overall, the fingerprints of Dad’s Hat are right there in this whiskey, with some sweetness rolling through it nicely. The vermouth finish on this whiskey is well-integrated, adding a lot to the finished product without taking away the quality of the rye. If you like dry, dusty rye whiskeys, this one might be right up your alley despite its youth. This one is definitely worth seeking out. My grade: B. Price: $40-45/750ml. Like with the Dad’s Hat rye, the age might make the price seem high, but the whiskey in the bottle is worthy of the price point.
Happy Birthday, Dad!