Treaty Oak Distilling Red Handed Rye - Gin Finished
Age: 11 Years
Mash Bill: 39/53/8 Corn/Rye/Barley
Source: Schenley Distillery
Barrel: 53-gallon Finished in Antique Waterloo Gin Barrels for 12-months
Red Handed Rye is the sourced line of Rye Whiskey from Treaty Oak. We selected an 1o-year-old barrel proof rye whiskey. Then took it another step! This barrel is a collaboration with Aaron Goldfarb, author of the book Hacking Whiskey.
In February, I was at Treaty Oak with Aaron and the distillery rolled out some special barrels for a Hacking Whiskey event. These were distillery only releases. Each barrel had a special finishing to it to coincide with the book. We tasted the rye finished in Antique Waterloo Gin barrels and I was hooked! I've never heard of someone using a Gin barrel to finish a whiskey. These barrels originally held Rye Whiskey, then Gin, then back to Rye Whiskey. The evolution of a barrel is awesome.
The nose is complex with notes of black pepper, honeydew, mint and cinnamon. It's the first sip that this whiskey shines. There are sweeter notes but it keeps evolving. I get a cucumber water note that I've never had in a whiskey before. This finish brings out the best notes of rye and gin. I taste a little baking spice on the finish but it holds strong with herbal and earthy notes balanced by the sweetness.