Corbin Cash Barrel Proof Merced Rye


Classification: Straight Rye

Company: Corbin Cash Spirits

Distillery: Corbin Cash Spirits

Release Date: August 2021

Proof: 123

Age: NAS (Company states 5.25 years is the youngest whiskey in the blend)

Mashbill: 100% Merced Rye

Color: Dark Amber

MSRP: $100 (2022)

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Rye bread | Rye spice | Rye grain | Underlying syrup sweetness | Dab of nail polish | Displays its proof | Intriguing


Honey | Rye spice | Baking spice | Apple Jacks cereal | Aged leather | Silky mouthfeel


Rye spice | Bold heat | Tannic oak | Dry leather | Ends on an incredibly dry note


Ramping the proof up by 33 points from their standard offering transforms this into a beasty barrel proof rye.

The Souza family, who is known for D&S Farms in Atwater, California since 1917, added Corbin Cash Distillery to their family legacy when they founded it in 2009. Corbin Cash 1917 Barrel Proof Merced Rye builds off of the company’s standard Merced Rye which is bottled at 90 proof. Barrel Proof Merced Rye is available in California only through Corbin Cash Spirits distillery direct distribution, and select retailers and bars.

The standard Merced Rye features a great price for a unique tasting 100% rye whiskey. Ramping the proof up by 33 points certainly transforms this into a beasty barrel proof rye. The nose is as interesting as it is bold and intense. The palate and finish deliver similar intensity first with silky sweet and spicy flavors that pack a punch, followed by rye spice and heat. The rye is really intriguing and shows the distilling prowess of the Corbin Cash Spirits distillery. The downfall of the rye however, is its overly dry finish which seems to almost suck the moisture out of your mouth. If the company can hone in the finish on future releases, this will be a barrel proof rye that can go head to head (and then some) with the best in the industry.

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: Jordan Moskal

July 7, 2022
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