Tincup, is a new whiskey with a jagged lineage. The bottle says it's from Colorado, and this is partially true. The water that the distillate is mixed with is from Colorado, that is true.
What I don't see anywhere on the label or on the handsome raised glass of the six sided polygon is where the whiskey actually hails from. That would be Indiana. Not a bad place to make whiskey, many do make whiskey in Indiana. I've tasted some very nice whiskies from this state.
The water is from Colorado. The owner is too. That makes it so.
I'm not here to argue of lineage. Because I like this whiskey for what it's not.
It's not pretentious.
It's not expensive.
It's not trying too hard.
It's not saying that it's a craft whiskey!
What this whiskey does well is offer a good starting point for an inexpensive product. $ 25 dollars is that starting point.
Tincup mixes well and offers a rye-like finish that is still sumptuous and full bodied, like bourbon. But it's marked whiskey, not bourbon, nor rye- so it's up to you to taste it. Try it. Mix with it. Drink it!
AS I SAID... It's not a Craft Whiskey. It's a good whiskey, made with Colorado spring water (like Coors USED TO BE) and it tastes pretty good!
I'd make it into a mint julep and call it a day.
By Way Of Colorado, via Indiana
A take on the Mint Julep for Derby Day!
2 oz. Tincup Whiskey
1/4 oz. Tenneyson Absinthe
1 oz. Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice (strained)
1.5 oz. Simple Syrup
4 drops Fee Brothers West Indian Orange Bitters
Hand cut ice cubes
Freshly picked Spearmint
Chill your favorite glass with ice and the absinthe (when chilled pour into your mouth, no wastin' good liquor!)
To a Boston Shaker
Fill 3/4 with ice
to the top of the shaker add:
Pour over the ice, cap and shake damned hard for 30 seconds
Pour into your Absinthe washed, chilled glass
Garnish with mint and drip a few drops of the West Indian Orange Bitters over the top
Give that one to your friend and make yourself one. Manners!