Can you name a movie where John Wayne drinks whiskey ?
There are several like The Quiet Manquit and True Grit. It’s said that the legendary actor even worked for Tennessee whiskey when he guest appeared on the Beverly Hillbillies . The man simply loved American whiskey , even blending it himself.
So It’s no surprise to see a whiskey brand named after him. The Duke Spirit was a dream of The Duke as told by his son Ethan Wayne and today that dream is on shelves for you to try. We were lucky enough to be gifted a bottle of the Duke double barrel founders reserve from Green River Distilling Co. where the rye whiskey is contract distilled.
We hope you enjoy Jim and Mike’s review. Cheers!
Tasting Notes: Duke Double Barrel Founders Reserve
Vital Stats: This rye whiskey is aged 5 years and has a mash bill of 95% rye and 5% malted barley. It is then finished in two more barrels and is bottled at 98 proof . It has a MSRP of $107.
Appearance: Tall like the man himself with a leathery label. The whiskey inside is dark Amber.
Nose: Sweet tones of butterscotch candy and citrus.
Palate: Creamy with light sweet citrus and necco candy. Slight hints of butterscotch and spice drops. Soft with gram craker, honey and ginger.
Finish: Medium with a light Kentucky Hug.
Overall: These celebrity brands are a must if you’re a fan and that we are of John Wayne. They aren’t for everyone but for us this one is a buy. This is an easy drinking rye that has been well aged and will be nice before dinner. The price is high but we quite enjoy it. Great for sipping on while discussing the iconic movie stars films.