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.
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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