This spirit is essentially new-make, being less than 30 days old when put into the bottle. It's made from 100% hand-malted barley, where the malting was done with light smoke from 60% apple wood and 40% cherry wood.
I frequently give this as the last sample at tasting events, so folks can see what a new-make spirit tastes like. It really gives you an appreciation for how much of a whisky's character comes from the wood!
Wasmund's Single Malt Spirit, 62% ABV
Essentially new-make spirit
Price range, 750 mL: $27-32
Nose: Honeydew melon and a malty toastiness.
Palate: This is pretty cool. I think the smoke comes out a lot more on the palate than on the nose, and the fruitiness plays a secondary role.
Finish: Subtle smoke with an undesirable mustiness settling into the back of my mouth after a while.
Rating (of 100): 81. For being a new-make at 62% ABV, this is pretty tasty and not harsh. The finish was the part that brought the score down for me; could have been in the mid-80s without the mustiness.