There has been a buzz online for several months about J Rieger's whiskey offerings. Admittedly, we weren't familiar, but the excitement was growing both locally and across the country since they released their first bottle about 20 months ago. Well, it's not their first, but there was that pesky Prohibition that go in the way. It only takes a spark to get a fire going, right? When we came across this bottle of J Rieger's Kansas City Whiskey at a local liquor store, we snatched it up. In fact, it was the last bottle on the shelf and it has been difficult to find since that time. Why? Well, let us tell you!
This is a blended whiskey, coming at 92 proof. The blend includes straight rye whiskey, straight bourbon whiskey and light corn whiskey - all aged 4 years or more. But there's also the smallest amount of oloroso sherry from spain (15 year) that is introduced to the blend to create a unique and welcoming flavor profile. In fact, whether you are a sherry fan or not, you pick up on that decadent and rich buterscotch aroma at first pour. Dried fig, dark chocolate morsels, candied almonds and allspice swirl around in your mouth, providing you with a solid and mildly spicy finish.
We paid only $29.99 for this bottle of whiskey and it is an absolute winner! The price generally ranges from $24.99 to $35.99, depending on your location. Currently, Rieger's is distributed in 28 states and I'm guessing they will be expanding more in the upcoming year. Available in 375ml, 750ml and 1.75L bottles. J Rieger has a fascinating and long history, dating back well before Prohibition. But in current day, they have been "back in business" since 2014. Their first release, Bottled in Bond Straight Rye, was released in August of 2021 and they haven't looked back since. We can't wait to see what is in store for this delicious and proud brand.
ABV: 46% (92 proof)
Distillery: J. Rieger & Co.
Suggested retail price: $29.99
Drink The Bottles score: 92/100