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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Prichard's Lincoln County Lightning: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Calandro's Supermarket

Prichard's Lincoln County Lightning
As the first white whiskey to make a Whisk(e)y Wednesday appearance, Prichard's Lincoln County Lightning certainly wasn't a bad offering.  White whiskey, or "white lightning," was the name given to un-aged whiskeys that were for the most part all prohibition-era moonshines.  After any distillation process, the resulting distillate will be clear in color.  Whiskey gets it shades from aging in wooden barrels.  In bourbon's case, that barrel must be made of charred, never-before-used, American oak.  Since the Lincoln County Lightning has never been aged, its flavor has not been mellowed out nor has character from the wood been added.  The result is a reasonably harsh and strongly corn flavored spirit.  Prichard's began with a metallic nose that came across as sterile in a medicinal way.  It's taste had various flavors but nothing profound and it finished rather smooth for a white lightning.  At 90 proof, the whiskey certainly has some kick, but it went down reasonably well.  Prichard's Lincoln County Lightning, made in Tennessee, is certainly not a bad white whiskey to get your hands on if you'd like some in your collection.  However, it is still an un-aged whiskey and leaves a lot to be desired.    

Prichard's Lincoln County Lightning

50.75 Average Score

Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by Calandro's Supermarket. Calandro's has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, and other whisk(e)ys as well as wine and craft beer. WW is created and rated by the hosts of Raise a Glass. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own propriatary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 90 is rather extraordinary.