GSN Review: Castle & Key Restoration Rye 2020 Batch #1

Castle & Key Distillery recently announced the launch of its Restoration Rye, the first whiskey from the Castle & Key team since its founding in 2014. The release pays tribute to the restoration of the historic property, which was once the iconic Old Taylor Distillery, originally built over a century ago. Alongside the Restoration Rye, Castle & Key will also release Roots of Ruin Gin and Sacred Spring Vodka, all of which will appear in newly designed bottles.

Restoration Rye, a name that speaks to the restoration of property, was released in two batches. Castle & Key’s strategy focuses on creating spirits with consistency of high quality, rather than consistency of flavor.  No whiskey release from Castle & Key will ever taste exactly the same.

The 2020 Restoration Rye release features two batches, both with unique flavor profiles. Batch #1 is created from a blend of 60 barrels, and Batch #2 is comprised of 57 barrels. During the blending process, barrels are grouped into pods with specific sensory profiles. Those pods are then blended together to achieve the unique, high quality flavor profiles.

GSN’s Thoughts: At 103 proof, there is plenty of flavor and body here. A softer and somehow root-like character mingles throughout the tasting, along with the typical rye spice. It’s the unusual root beer/sarsaparilla edge that keeps surprising. This is a slightly sweet, but very evocative rye whiskey, that begs for contemplation. We keep going back to this one, curious and intrigued. Well worth the experience. GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Castle and Key

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