Classification: Rye Finished with Aspen Discs
Company: Locke + Co. Distillery
Distillery: Locke + Co. Distillery
Release Date: Ongoing
Age: 2 Years, 8 Months
Mashbill: 95% Rye, 5% Malted Barley
Color: Reddish Copper
MSRP: $60 (2021)
Rich caramel | Wood chips | Wintergreen | Pine | Rye grain
Caramel | Toffee | Pie crust | Sweet & smooth
Mild oak | Cinnamon | Pine | Simple | Pop of heat & rye spice
Located in Aspen, Colorado, Lock + Co. Distilling was founded by lifelong friends Rick Talley and Owen Locke. With Locke’s family experience as moonshiners and the pair’s time at Beam Suntory, they decided to go it on their own and began distilling in a 23 gallon still in 2010. To help differentiate themselves from other craft distillers, they age their rye in small barrels and finish it with Aspen oak discs for an additional eight months.
Yes, Aspen Aged Rye is young, and yes, it's finished with Aspen oak discs, but it's hard to argue with the results. On the palate, it is a very tempered rye with a soft intensity which allows the flavors room to breath. It’s not overly complex by any means, but its flavor profile is quite dandy (yes “dandy”) thanks to its caramel, toffee, and pie crust note, creating a sip that is sweet and surprisingly smooth. The finish features some of the heat and spice you’d expect from a rye, yet never goes overboard. Taken as a whole, Locke + Co. Aspen Aged Rye is a very enjoyable sipper for any level of whiskey drinker - a feat not always so easy to achieve.