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Has anyone tried this? I only just learned about it.
Wasmund's Rye Spirit is made by Rick Wasmund at Copper Fox Distillery in Virginia. Sold at 124 proof (62% ABV), this un-aged spirit is distilled from a mash of 66 percent rye and 33 percent hand-malted barley. (This came from the distillery so I guess we have to forgive them the missing 1 percent.) The malt is smoked with fruitwood smoke, 60 percent apple, 40 percent cherry.
Binny's has it for $22.99 per 750 ml bottle.
Is it "rye spirit" as oppose to whiskey because it hasn't been stored in oak?
Sounds very interesting. So, who would like to volunteer to bring me a bottle, to the Sampler? :D The apple/cherry thingy has me a little worried, but any high proof/high rye...rye, has me very intrigued. Cheap, too. I'd be absolutely salivating, if there was no fruit involved.
A review of Wasmund's operation and some impressions.
A tasting comment from an Eben Copple
"The first time I tasted the spirit, I thought (like most here it seems) that it was at least a little too hot due to lack of ageing. I'm a grappa enthusiast, so that did not deter me in the least from enjoying it as often as I could. I simply thought such a nice fella, doing something as soulful as being the only person in the U.S. to floor malt barley for a whisky, should succeed in a large market. That heat, I felt, was going to keep most people from enjoying it as much as they would otherwise....."
Doesn't sound as appealing as a pure Rye but at that price I'll bite.
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