Rye grain | Fresh baked bread | Nutty | Delicate
Apricot | Baking spices | Herbal | Dill | Somewhat youthful
Rush of peppery spice | Red Hots | Caramel | Leaves a sweet-spicy aftertaste
Manifest Distilling’s 100% Rye complements their Straight Rye, which has a 60% rye, 40% wheat mashbill. The first release of 100% Rye coincided with the distillery’s third anniversary in September 2019, however the whiskey in review is from batch 2 which was released in 2020. I have to give Manifest Distilling credit, as distilling with 100% rye grain is no easy task. Surprisingly, it’s not the spice bomb I was expecting, instead leaning into sweeter notes, and at times is even reminiscent of malty flavors. It is slightly youthful on the palate which might be amplified by an herbal note, but that doesn’t derail the experience. I would love to taste this after a few more years aging, but overall it’s a promising whiskey from a small craft distillery out of Jacksonville, Florida.