Green River Distilling Company recently expanded their offering by releasing their first ever Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey. This 95 proof bottle joins their previously-released and very successful bourbons. This whiskey is a blend from four to six year barrels and has a mash bill of 95% rye and 5% malted barley. In the bottle is a bright mahogany colored whiskey with a nose that includes red fruit, mint and baked biscuits. This is a very easy sipper and will appeal to devoted rye whiskey enthusiasts as they taste black tea, hints of spice, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and maple candy. After a few days opened, we kept going back to this bottle and we're picking up more citrus on the nose and fruit on the palate. This might be one of the best rye whiskeys we have tasted in months!
This bottle is another fine example that whiskey doesn't have to be expensive to be good and that it doesn't have to age for 10+ years to have mass appeal. Green River Distilling Company is the 10th oldest licensed distillery in Kentucky (DSP-KY-10) and they are owned by Bardstown Bourbon Company. This latest addition to their also means that GRDC is expanding their distribution markets and they will be in 34 states. In the coming years Green River anticipates nationwide distribution in addition to their Australian exports.
We should note that this whiskey was tasted neat and then again with one small ice cube. We are guessing that this one would also be fine in an Old Fashioned, so if you go that route, you'll have to let us know. This rye whiskey from Green River Distlling Company is a winner in our book and we can't wait to see what future releases are in store for the whiskey community!
Check out our YouTube review of this incredible Rye!
ABV: 47.5% (95 proof)
Distillery: Green River Distilling Company
Suggested retail price: $34.99
Drink The Bottles score: 93+/100