Prior to Prohibition, rye whiskey was the staple ingredient of classic cocktails such as the Old Fashioned, the Manhattan and the Whiskey Sour. Spicier and more robust than malt whisky, rye was so popular that George Washington distilled it at his estate in Mount Vernon. As distilleries across the country were forced to close their doors due to Prohibition, however, bootleggers began distilling gin instead of rye, and for good reason – gin didn’t require aging under the watchful eye of a master distiller and its true flavors could be hidden behind a mask of botanicals. As Americans grew accustomed to gin, rye whiskey became an anachronism.
Nearly a century after Prohibition, the preferred whiskey of the saloon era is experiencing a resurgence. Bardstown Barrel Selections, who make the Redemption line of whiskeys is the company which sets new standards when it comes to this unjustly neglected drink. By law, rye whiskey must be made from a mash of at least 51% rye. Rye that has been aged in charred, new oak barrels for at least two years earns the title straight rye whiskey. Redemption Straight Rye Whiskey is made from a mash of 95% rye and 5% malted barley, and is matured for a minimum of seven years (Aged 7 Years). Following maturation, the whiskey is bottled at barrel proof (122.4 proof).
As a result of this extra-long maturation process, Redemption 7 Year Old Barrel Proof Straight Rye Whiskey has notes of toasted bread, woody spices and honeyed nuts after being opened up with water. In addition, the finish is bold and warming, with notes of spices balanced against a subtle touch of fresh vanilla, cream and citrus.
Redemption 7 Year Old Barrel Proof Straight Rye Whiskey represents a unique expression of whiskey that dates back to the American Revolution. There is also on offer Redemption Barrel Proof Straight Rye Whiskey Aged 8 Years and Aged 10 Years.