Whiskey Review: American Mash & Grain Borrowed Page Volume 2

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by the party behind it. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review. 

Following the success of their Borrowed Page American Whiskey Volume 1, American Mash and Grain earlier this year released Volume 2.

A relative newcomer to the whiskey scene, having launched in July of 2020, American Mash and Grain are working on their mission to expand people’s ideas of what American craft whiskey is. 

“We are in the midst of a renaissance for American whiskey,” stated American Mash and Grain COO Chase Langdon, “Craft distillers from across the country are leading the charge in redefining what it means to be “American whiskey.” We are excited and honored to get to partner with these amazing craft whiskey producers to continue push[ing] the envelope for America’s native spirit with this uniquely craft and uniquely American blend.

One way the company sees itself as “elevating the profile of American whiskey” (which can sometimes carry the stigma of being cheap or poorly made) is by creating thoughtful and creative blends such as Borrowed Page Volume 2. This release is a combination of three different types of whiskey from three different distilleries. It features an American Single Malt from Virginia Distillery in (guess where) Virginia, a rye whiskey from Mammoth Distilling in Michigan, and an American Single Pot Still from Talnua Distillery in Colorado.

They intentionally left out America’s most popular whiskey, bourbon, from this project as they wanted to challenge  “the concept of what a good American whiskey can be.”

This edition of Borrowed Page was blended in collaboration with Ryan Mills, a whiskey connoisseur, whiskey influencer, and content creator. 

Borrowed Page Volume 2 is a limited release series, with just over 900 bottles produced. It is available in 750mml and 375ml bottles.

American Mash & Grain Borrowed Page Volume 2 review

We review American Mash & Grain Borrowed Page Volume 2, blended from a combination of American Single Malt, Single Pot Still, and Rye. (image via Larissa Banitt/The Whiskey Wash)

Tasting Notes: American Mash & Grain Borrowed Page Volume 2

Vital Stats: 110 proof, blended from a combination of American Single Malt, Single Pot Still, and Rye, $75 for a 750ml bottle.

Color: The color is a deep, clear chestnut hue. 

Nose: Honey, vanilla, and cinnamon are forward on the palate. Behind that are darker, warm notes of plums, dates, baked apples, and banana bread. At the end of the nose, the dark notes intensify into dark chocolate.

Palate: The strong proof makes itself known on the first sip. Where the nose is approachable and sweet, the strong kick of alcohol takes a few sips to acclimatize to. Eventually, cereal and honey sweetness begin to come through with pepper spice. The fruit from the nose is not as noticeable on the palate, but the dark chocolate comes back, especially on the finish where it is joined with malt and tobacco.

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