Driftless Glen Distillery Single Barrel Rye - T8ke/Seelbach's #1827
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Age: 3-Years 11-Months
Mash Bill: 75/12.5/12.5 Rye/Distiller's Malt/Caramel Malt
Barrel Size: 30-Gallon
Barrel #: 1827
Bottle Count: 108 bottles
Nose: Rich and fruity, with loads of plum, honey, apricot and cotton candy. Bright, effervescent, and rich. Some heat, though not punishing. Clove makes an appearance, adding some savory balance against the sweet fruits.
Taste: Rich mouth feel, though there is some mild heat. Plum, toffee, almond, rich clove and some pepper. The rye spice is apparent and mingles well with the fruit and nut notes.
Finish: Long, and powerful. Pound cake, plums, orange peel, clove and tobacco. Rich finish despite the youth.
This barrel, #1827, shone brightly among the rest of the ryes. Compared blind against 7 other ryes, this rye ended up being revealed as the youngest. A testament to the merits of blind tasting, this cask was both unique and off profile for Driftless Glen's ryes, in the best way. Bottled at cask strength, this low entry proof rye yielded 17 cases, and was with no filtering or dilution.
Overall, I was very impressed with Driftless Glen's procedure, aging and end products. I think they are doing craft whiskey the right way. If you'd like to read more about my day with them picking barrels - please check out my writeup here.