Axe and the Oak Incline Rye


Classification: Rye

Company: Axe and the Oak

Distillery: Axe and Oak and Undisclosed Distillery in Indiana

Release Date: Ongoing

Proof: 98

Age: Less than 2 Years (Website states minimum of 3 years)

Mashbill: Undisclosed Percentages of Malted Rye, Corn & Malted Barley

Color: Light Copper

MSRP: $45 (2020)

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Rye bread | Fresh cut grass | Touch of lemon | Malt


Rye grain | Light cinnamon | Young oak | Touch of an herbal & mint notes


Rye spice | Pepper | Oak | Malt


Based in Colorado, Axe and the Oak create their Incline Rye with grains sourced from the state before cutting it with Rocky Mountain water. Interestingly, they also blend a small amount of Indiana sourced rye with their own distillate, making you wonder why more young distilleries don’t do the same. The whiskey is a largely straightforward affair that lacks necessary depth, but offsets it with herbal and mint undertones. It will be interesting to see how this whiskey develops over time and they remove the Indiana whiskey from it. Their use of local Colorado grains and water in conjunction with malting the rye grain is as interesting as it is promising.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Eric Hasman

January 24, 2021
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