Glyph Royal Whiskey
Glyph Royal Whiskey is full-bodied and luscious with notes of coffee, dried fruit, burnt sugar, almond skin and sherry, and ends with a light twist of citrus. Made sustainably in just one night by extracting aroma and flavor molecules from plants, fruits and yeasts.
Glyph Royal Whiskey will be my first non-traditional whiskey reviewed spirit on this site. It might also be my favorite review, even though I’ve only read the label at the time of typing this sentence. I love it when nerdy science meets delicious whiskey, and this appears to be one of those times. I wanted to take an honest ‘first look’ approach to this bottle of Glyph, because it’s rather unique indeed.
Wording on the front proudly boasts “Provocative Spirits for Curious Minds.” What this means is that the contents are going to either impress or disappoint us, and ultimately divide the tasters into categories of for and against. The creators of Glyph, Endless West, study the molecules in whiskey and source ingredients from nature to reproduce those flavors. They take this natural flavoring to form a spirit that tastes of the whiskey they wanted. Technically, there is a small amount of whiskey added to their corn grain base to meet legal regulations for the category they chose, which is spirit whiskey.
Mild and approachable, it’s nicely aromatic and soft. Light green fruit, popcorn, some spice with a nice vanilla base tone.
Buttery and nicely complex. Unique, but not noticeably abstract even though it is! Pine, herbs such as rosemary and mint, and a bit of gravel or chalk are present. Vanilla again, along with tart red cherries and green figs. Nice texture, and a medium finish. The grain base shows through occasionally, giving a plain alcohol note similar to a quality vodka.