Rabbit Hole has unveiled the inaugural release in its Distillery Series, Starlino rye whiskey. The new range is made of limited-edition small batch, cask-strength bottlings.
Rabbit Hole Starlino is a sour mash rye that was finished in vermouth casks from Italy’s Hotel Starlino Rosso. The vermouth is a blend of marsala and trebbiano wines, which is infused with botanicals and then undergoes a secondary six-month maturation in bourbon barrels. The casks were then shipped to Rabbit Hole to finish this 95% rye for a six-month period.
Rabbit Hole describes the Starlino as “a one-of-a-kind whiskey with the rich sophistication of an expertly-crafted Manhattan.” It offers aromas of peppermint, ginger and cinnamon, followed by hints of vanilla, rose and a tang of tropical fruit. The palate delivers a mix of spices against a backdrop of sweet whiskey and wine flavors, which fade into a warm, nutty finish grounded by hints of oak. It is recommended enjoyed neat or on the rocks.
Bottled at 52.8% ABV, Rabbit Hole Starlino is priced at $50 per 375 ml bottle. For more information or to buy a bottle, head over to Rabbit Hole’s official website.
In September, Rabbit Hole Distillery added a double chocolate malt bourbon dubbed “Raceking” to its Founder’s Collection. The whiskey is the third expression to join the Kentucky brand’s Founder’s Collection series.
In May, Rabbit Hole released a 15-year-old cask strength Kentucky straight bourbon, finished in Japanese Mizunara oak as the second addition to its Founder’s Collection.