Classification: Straight Rye Finished in Toasted Cherry Wood & Oak Barrels
Company: Bardstown Bourbon Company
Distillery: Bardstown Bourbon Company
Release Date: January 2023
Age: 5 Years, 8 Months
Mashbill: 95% Rye, 5% Malted Barley
MSRP: $70 (2023)
Nougat | Marzipan | Aged oak | Barrel char | Rye spice | Leather | Sweet aromas interlaced with more grounded notes
Rye grain | Charred oak | Leather | Baking chocolate | Mexican chocolate | Dried fig | Light Bing cherries
Bold rye spice | Lightly dried oak | Mexican chocolate | Dabs of leather | Lingering heat
Full of rich flavors, Bardstown Origin Series Rye puts its own spin on the classic 95/5 rye mashbill.
For the first time since opening its facilities, Bardstown Bourbon Company finally has its own in-house distilled rye. To create their new rye, the company states that Origin Rye is finished in custom barrels consisting of alternating toasted American oak and toasted cherry wood staves. More information can be found in the company’s press release.
While 95/5 rye whiskeys are well known thanks to this being the same recipe that MGP uses, Bardstown puts their own spin on this grain combination. The sip starts with a sweet nose that has touches of grounded notes woven in. Moving into the midpoint, the palate is full of rich flavors, with figs and Bing cherries combining with various chocolate notes to form the highlight. Capping things off, the finish is the least dynamic part of the sip, yet still allows the sip to end things off well. This is a solid first in-house distilled rye for Bardstown. One that delivers a rich dynamic flavor profile and should please rye drinkers who go out of their way to track one down.