Hard Truth Rye Chocolate Malt (Batch 002)


Classification: Straight Rye

Company: Hard Truth Distilling Co.

Distillery: Hard Truth Distilling Co.

Release Date: November 2024 (Annual Release)

Proof: 114.8

Age: 2 Years

Mashbill: 51% Rye, 38% Corn, 11% Chocolate Malted Barley

Color: Light Amber

MSRP: $90 / 750mL (2024)

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Tiramisu | Baking chocolate | Cocoa | Light rye spice | Baking spices | Stone fruit


Chocolate mousse | Tiramisu | Allspice | Plum


Baking chocolate | Chocolate malt | Big rye spice | Toasted pecan | Black pepper  | Lingering spice


A slight increase in proof over its previous batch interjects a potent and enjoyable amount of rye spice against its tiramisu flavors.

Located in Nashville, Indiana, Hard Truth Distilling Co. offers a broad range of spirits from rum to newly released in-house distilled bourbons. Sweet Mash Rye Chocolate Malt is one of three whiskeys released as part of their annual limited edition series.

The more I drink Hard Truth whiskeys, the more I respect them. At just a little over two years old, their product oozes quality and originality. Made with 11% chocolate malted barley, its presence is apparent throughout its sip as tiramisu continues to be this whiskey’s hallmark flavor. An increase of 5 proof points over Batch 1 can be tasted immediately as everything that made Batch 1 great is amplified in just the right amounts. Rye spice in particular, has a much stronger presence this time out, contrasting the rye’s more dessert-like flavors. I can’t wait until this annual limited release gets a little more age on it to see how more oak changes this already enjoyable tasting rye.

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

April 11, 2024
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