I love the fact that there are so many different kinds of whiskey choices made available to the public nowadays. Some are great and some not so great, but the fact that I have a plethora of choices to try and go over is something that I find exciting. I am going to be working on different types of whiskey reviews, and over the course of this section, I will be going over my initial thoughts of the whiskey I am trying at the time. For the first whiskey review that I will be writing about, I have decided to take the initiative and review none other than Leadslingers Whiskey; in particular their “Fighting Spirit.”
If you follow Mat Best and you are in the Veteran Community or the Firearms Community or just follow Social Media in general, you have probably heard of Mat Best and the work that he does with companies such as Article 15, Lead Slingers, Black Rifle Coffee, etc. Well, Leadslingers Whiskey is something that he is apart of. I have researched a lot when it comes to this whiskey company and I knew it was something that I had to eventually try.
Leadslingers Whiskey was pretty hard to find at first in my home state. They were only in a few States and finally had begun to make their way into the North East. I was on the hunt for any type of bottling that they have done over the course of time, knowing that there are a few different types of liquor that they have made whether it is rum or different types of whiskey.
For me, I was working one day in the city and happened to be just working near a liquor store one day. I went in figuring it was gonna be a long shot when it comes to finding the whiskey. To my surprise, I finally found it. This was one of their labels that they have made, the “Fighting Spirit,” make.
So enough with the back story, let’s go over what I really think about “ Fighting Spirit,” by Leadslingers Whiskey. The first thing that I would like to go over with this is the labeling of the liquor. I love the fact that when it comes to labeling there is a Marine on the front of the bottle. The Marine embodies the proud fighting spirit of the country in my opinion, so the fact that they use a Marine specifically on the label is something that I really like.
- Bottling is at 750 mL
The next thing I would like to go over is that the “ Fighting Spirit,” is a Rye Whiskey. Let’s face it when it comes to a Rye Whiskey, we know that it can have a strong taste to it. When I first tried this whiskey, I could definitely taste how strong it was on the initial splash onto the tongue. This is something that I really can’t complain about, due to it being the nature of the beast. It is the same with all Rye Whiskey.
The thing with Fighting Spirit is that even though it is strong, it is definitely not overwhelmingly strong. On the way down is another story, when the whiskey goes down I would have to say that the whiskey is extremely smooth. It has a kick, but it isn’t going to make you feel like you’re going to have a bad day when you drink it.
- Whiskey is 45% Alcohol by Volume
I would have to say overall when it comes to Leadslingers, their “Fighting Spirit,” is definitely on par with some of the better whiskeys that I have had over time. I enjoy that it does taste strong, I like to say a strong tasting whiskey lets you know that you are alive, especially for a Rye. Being smooth when it goes down, allows you to enjoy the whiskey rather than you wanting to just take a shot and be over with it until you are ready for the next one.
When I did drink this whiskey, I did drink it on the rocks and straight up. Personally, I found it extremely well tasting and brought out more flavor in the drink when I had used whiskey stones in my glass. In my experience, I believe that you would need to try this with whiskey stones or a nice chunk of ice; preferably in a ball mold.
I have to say that when it comes to drinking Leadslingers Whiskey “Fighting Spirit,” I would recommend to those that are able to drink alcohol (21 and up) to give it a try. The whiskey is well made and you can tell that no corners were cut in the production of the drink, but also the liquor is produced by a Veteran-Owned business that I am happy to support.