Lovers of a real, and intense, rye whiskey will rejoice on the upcoming launch of Coalition Whiskey’s 100 p.c rye completed in Bordeaux wine barrels. And there’s good motive to rejoice: In the U.S., the vast majority of rye whiskies aren’t made with something near a 100 p.c rye. To be known as a rye whiskey, the spirit should merely be made with solely 51 p.c rye, with different substances together with corn, malted barley, and wheat added to the invoice. That’s just about it—a rye might be distilled anyplace in the nation and doesn’t must be aged in any respect, although sometimes first rate ryes are aged in charred oak barrels for round two years.
A rarity in the U.S., high-rye types like Coalition’s new spirit are usually not solely being constituted of 100 p.c rye (the place no different grains are launched), they’re additionally produced with pre-Prohibition methods like zero automation and distilled in an all-copper pot. From there the distiller steps up by ending the rye for as much as 9 months in Margaux, Pauillac, and Sauternes wine barrels, producing whiskies at 90.eight, 92.6, and 94.2 proof, respectively. The additional consideration and addition of clean French wine notes makes for a spirit with a fiery taste that’s fuller and richer than your customary rye concoction.
These ryes are based mostly off of Coalition’s Barrel Proof rye, which comes in at 108.eight proof and is aged from 4 to 5 years in oak barrels. “Our goal with Coalition Whiskey is to coax even more flavor out of our 100 percent rye whiskey,” mentioned Coalition co-owner Lenoid Yangarber, the previous CEO of Russian Standard Vodka USA. “We [used] our deep wine knowledge to pick just the perfect Bordeaux wine barrels to gently enhance the handcrafted whiskey.”
Adds companion Ludwig Vanneron, veteran wine maker: “It took the inspection of nearly 150 barrels just to find the perfect 25 we are using to finish our rye whiskey. You have to first start with the best, most voluptuous wines from the finest chateaus in all of France to get the best possible barrels.”
And the third particular person concerned in the “coalition” in Coalition Straight Rye Whiskey, Steve Thompson, proprietor of the Kentucky Artisan Distillery the place the liquor is made, says that “it’s a more expensive way to go, but there was truly no other way to create that truly deep, rich and spicy flavor we knew would be the ideal match for our velvety Bordeaux wine barrel finishing.”
The 100 p.c rye whiskies might be accessible on the finish of January, with the wine barrel-finished spirits retailing at $90 a bottle, whereas the Barrel Proof base model might be $130. All of the ryes will come in a crystal-cut, decanter-inspired glass bottle with artwork deco accents and are can be found now for preorder.
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