Classification: Straight Rye
Company: Blue Run Spirits, LLC
Distillery: Sourced (from an undisclosed Kentucky distillery[ies])
Release Date: September 2021
Color: Light Copper
MSRP: $100 (2021)
Fresh baked bread | Cinnamon | Sugar-powdered french toast | Vanilla bean | Slight hint of oak | Faint yet engrossing scents
Light rye grain | Hint of rye spice | Spiced vanilla | Lightly charred oak | Light smoked grain | Touch of dried raisin | Light grain & spice find nice balance
Underlying oak | Vanilla | Simmering rye spice | Light cinnamon | Touch of leather | Lingering heat
Blue Run Kentucky Straight Golden Rye Whiskey is the fourth whiskey release since Blue Run launched in October of last year. This release also marks the first time the company has released a rye whiskey. Like past Blue Run Spirits releases, this is a limited edition run, composed of only 91 barrels in total. You can read more details in the press release.
The whiskey itself is really interesting. The sip is composed of lighter, yet incredibly intriguing scents and flavors, focusing heavily on a combination of grain and spice. This combination results in a great array of baked breads combining with various forms of spices particularly around cinnamon and rye spice. While it sometimes sounds cliche to talk about chasing proof, in this case the whiskey feels like it could benefit from being just a few proof points higher. That said, Blue Run Spirits succeeds overall in their first rye release which should easily please the masses.