GSN Review: Stein Straight Rye Whiskey


Since opening in 2009, Eastern Oregon’s Stein Distillery line of handcrafted products has steadily increased, along with its consumer base. In 2011, Stein Distillery released its much-anticipated 2-year American Oak-aged Straight Rye and Straight Bourbon Whiskeys. Stein Distillery grows the grain used in their products on their farm and is a family run, handcrafted, turn-key operation.

They currently produce vodka, moonshine, whiskies, rum and cordials.  Their rye releases come in 2-year and 5-year aged versions.

If you’d like to order a bottle or two, you can do so from

Stein 2-Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey (80 proof)
Visual: Dusky orange-brown.
Nose: Intense oak, almost fresh-cut in nature.  Rye grain spice with massive high notes.  You can almost smell the mash in the distillery with this deep nose.
Taste: Smooth entry with a lot of tannins and a minty finish.  The rye itself kicks in after half a minute with a fresh bread-like taste. There aren’t a lot of subtleties here, but more of a raw homegrown flavor.
Overall: The flavor might improve with another year in the barrel.  It seems slightly unfinished.  I’d love to try their five-year old and see where this leads.  As it is, it is a good sipping whiskey, but needs some smoothing out for use in cocktails.
GSN Rating: B

For more information go to: Stein Distillery


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