Liberty Pole Spirits Single Barrel Rye “The Lily” (BRL 469)


Classification: Straight Rye

Company: Mango Creek Craft Distillers, LLC

Distillery: Mango Creek Craft Distillers, LLC

Release Date: February 2024

Proof: 122.5

Age: 4 Years

Mashbill: 61% Rye, 13% Red Winter Wheat, 13% Rye Malt, 13% Malted Barley

Color: Dark Gold

MSRP: $59 / 750mL (2024)

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Brandy-soaked cherries | Honey | Malt | Mixed nuts | Mint | Oak | Light grain


Plum | Red raspberries | Malt | Ritz crackers | Sweet & fruity


Cranberries | Rye grain | Rye spice | Roasted malt | Black pepper


Adding wheat, malted rye, and barley to their rye whiskey is certainly far from the norm, but this risk-taking pays off.

Liberty Pole Spirits is located in southwestern Pennsylvania, 25 miles from downtown Pittsburgh. The family-owned and operated distillery was founded in 2016 and produces a number of standard whiskeys along with special releases such as this single barrel rye. Liberty Pole isn’t shy from trying unproven things when it comes to whiskey making, as they were an early producer of a rum-finished whiskey before it became in vogue.

Likewise, their rye whiskey is far from traditional. Produced with only 61% rye, it fills out the rest of its mashbill with a unique combination of red winter wheat and a high percentage of malted rye and malted barley. First and foremost, including wheat in a rye is fascinating, and that’s before you get to its malted part. As a result, the rye is complex and full of big flavor (which its proof also helps out with). There is a light grainy aspect to its sip, but this is an example of it adding to the sip rather than subtracting from it. The big red fruit notes are the star here, but they are supported by the rest of the whiskey’s flavors. Overall, you may not have heard of Liberty Pole Spirits, but from where their whiskey was 4 years ago to the big gains they've made since then, color me impressed.

The whiskey in review is bottle number 29 of 147. Please note, the media bottle we received had a classification typo.

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

June 11, 2024
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