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    Monterey Rye - Age Your Own Rye

    A company called C&C shine in Central California is selling new make rye and a small oak barrel for aging as part of a make-your-own rye kit.

    http://www.candcshine.com/mrs.html

    They also make something called Clear Madness California Moonshine, which appears to be a corn liquor (they don't call it whiskey, probably because it has added sugar).

    Has anyone tried any of these or heard of this distillery?

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    Re: Monterey Rye - Age Your Own Rye

    Very cool, good catch!

    Now come on guys, you gotta try it and report results.

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    Re: Monterey Rye - Age Your Own Rye

    I'm very interested! I'll be nearby Salinas next weekend. I may try and pick up a barrel.

    I'll keep you all posted...
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    Re: Monterey Rye - Age Your Own Rye

    The website gives interesting background. The two principals are originally from Fort Knox, KY. They are making, out in Gonzales, CA, a corn whiskey and a rye whiskey. The corn whiskey uses corn and cane sugar ("moonshine"-style). The rye whiskey is made from corn, rye and malt I would think.

    The company states that 3 months in their small, "heavy charred" barrel (2 gal.) equals 1 year in a standard barrel, so a year in the small keg might give a product (I infer) with characteristics of a decently-aged straight whiskey.

    The site advises to sample the keg until satisfied with its condition.

    I would think Georgia Moon could be aged in a similar way, but the offering of a rye whiskey for this purpose seems unique except for those able to buy Tuthilltown kegs of whiskey and there was that West Virginia white rye that was sold for a time, I don't know if it is still available.

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    Re: Monterey Rye - Age Your Own Rye

    Looking at the site again, I see that the rye spirits recipe is not actually stated, so while clearly this product contains rye it is not clear as yet what else is in it. (I would think barley malt and probably corn, but am not sure). The corn spirits section states clearly that corn and sugar are used for that product.

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    Re: Monterey Rye - Age Your Own Rye

    It's also, as far as I could see, an unknown proof of the white dog.
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    Re: Monterey Rye - Age Your Own Rye

    True. A taste of the spirit when unaged would confirm I think if it is whiskey in the sense we speak of here, i.e., if it is flavoursome from the grain or rather tends to neutrality. The site speaks of a pot still being used, and this may be the European hybrid still often spoken of on the board, or something else. The fact that significant benefit is expected from new charred wood aging would suggest a flavorsome whiskey product or something in that range (under 190 proof, maybe under 160). The term "spirits" in the title of the drinks might suggest a combination of whiskey and GNS. (If so this might be like a blended at birth Canadian-style whiskey except with a heightened amount of the whiskey element). Only taste tests, before and after barrel aging, will tell the tale.

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    Last edited by Gillman; 06-18-2008 at 00:20.

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    Re: Monterey Rye - Age Your Own Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by jinenjo View Post
    I'm very interested! I'll be nearby Salinas next weekend. I may try and pick up a barrel.

    I'll keep you all posted...
    ahhh, I'm in Monterey and I've seen it in local stores....I haven't tried it yet.

    if you have time for a tasting while your here, let me know.

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    Re: Monterey Rye - Age Your Own Rye

    Thanks Greg. I'd love to come by, but I'll be away for a birthday celebration. You'll hear from me if it's in the cards.

    As for this barrel kit, I'm suddenly less interested.

    I emailed the makers of the rye to ask about proofs and mash bills. Here's what he said:

    "Our rye spirit is made from a moonshiner’s recipe that includes replicated Kentucky water. Our rye spirit is made of 100% rye and cane sugar. Our exit proof is 105 to 109 and is bottled at 80 proof."

    I'd probably be o.k. with the rye and cane sugar, it's the 80 proof that makes me very hesitant.


    Last edited by jinenjo; 06-19-2008 at 18:26.
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    Re: Monterey Rye - Age Your Own Rye

    Exit proof sounds very inviting from the standpoint of tradition.

    And the 80 proof should rise in the keg..

    Gary

 

 

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