Union Horse Distilling was initially launched as Dark Horse Distilling in 2010, but was forced to change their name due to a trademark dispute between the distillery and the E&J Gallo Winery. Since the name change, the distillery, located in Lenexa, Kansas has released both Reunion Straight Rye as well as Reserve Straight Bourbon in addition to their un-aged Long Shot White Whiskey and Rider Vodka.
Reunion Straight Rye is a handcrafted small batch 100% rye distilled using Union Horse’s sour mash recipe and is listed as having been aged up to 5 years, representing some of the earliest barrels laid down by the distillery, although no age statement is available on the bottle.
With a focus on locally sourced grain and a family owned business, Union Horse is faithful to the spirit of a family owned American small business.
Reunion Barrel Strength Rye Whiskey (112.3 proof)
Visual: Dark orange-brown.
Nose: A perfect balance of spice and sweet char. This smells like you’re stepping into a rickhouse. Full of character and expectation.
Taste: A rush of intense rye that never fades, but opens up into a bloom of woody caramelization. The grain flavor goes on and on with teasing notes of sweetness and rich smoked oak. A wake up call to the taste buds.
Finish: As I mentioned, this goes on a long time. It’s not just the barrel strength that imbues it with a strong character. The flavor itself is memorable from the first sip and retains a presence long after you’ve finished your dram.
Overall: One of the best rye whiskies not only to come out of the mid-west, but one of the finest in the U.S. Seek this one out ASAP, you will not regret it.
GSN Rating: A+
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