GSN Review: Redemption Rye & Bourbon

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The U.S. Government Standards require “rye whiskey” to be made from a mash of at least 51% rye grain. Redemption Rye uses a mash of 95% premium rye grain. The U.S. Government Standards also require that rye whiskey be aged in “new charred oak barrels”. The standards do not specify a minimum time the rye whiskey needs to stay in the barrel, but once it has been in the barrel for 2 years it earns the designation of “straight” rye whiskey. Redemption Rye is aged for over 2 years.

Redemption is distilled in Indiana and bottled in small batches in Bardstown, KY, with each batch and bottle number hand-written on every label.

Redemption Straight Rye Whiskey (92 proof) 95% rye, 92 proof, average age of 2.5 years
Visual: Pale gold.
Nose: Spicy, woody, notes of red apple, spice cake and young leather.
Taste: A lot of hearty rye character shines through.  Slightly sweet with more of the apple character on the palate.
Finish: Long with a touch of caramel on the end.
Overall: Almost a dessert in a glass.  Good enough to enjoy on a cube of ice, even better in a Manhattan.
GSN Rating: A-

Redemption High Rye Bourbon (92 proof) 36% rye, 92 proof, aged no less than 500 days
Visual: Medium gold.
Nose: Sweet corn with a generous touch of rye bread on the nose.  A bit of maple and cornbread livens things up.
Taste: Surprisingly smooth considering the high-proof.  Not too much in the way of flavors of note, other than a young aging.
Finish: Medium long with the rye spice becoming more obvious on the fade.
Overall: This is a good bourbon for mixing with sodas, liqueurs or an Old-Fashioned.  It will do the job.
GSN Rating: B

Redemption Bourbon (84 proof) 75% corn and aged for at least 2 years
Visual: Mild gold.
Nose: Roasted corn, oak staves, dried straw, toasted flour, dried currants.
Taste: Very smooth and easy.  A taste of the south.  Again, not a lot in the way of interesting or unusual flavors, just a solid bourbon.
Finish: Medium long with a sweet finish.
Overall: This has a bit more mixability available in whiskey cocktails.  Try this in a Bourbon Crusta, Commodore or Mint Julep.  The bourbon will handily hold its own.
GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Redemption Rye

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