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Redemption High Rye Bourbon Review

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We think you can never have too much rye, so our High Rye Bourbon recipe approaches the upper limit of allowable rye grain in a bourbon mash bill.Redemption Whiskey
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  • DISTILLER: Redemption Whiskey (via MGP)
  • MASH BILL: 60% Corn | 36% Rye | 4% Malted Barley
  • AGE: NAS (no age statement), but website states an average age of 2.5 years
  • YEAR: 2020
  • PROOF: 92 Proof (46% ABV)
  • MSRP: $24.99

NOSE:  Corn  |  Vanilla  |  Sweet Dried Fruit  |  Nutmeg

TASTE:  Corn  |  Caramel  |   Rye Spice  |  Char

FINISH: Medium to long.  Very spicy with char that remains on the palate past the swallow.

SHARE WITH: Friends who will enjoy a simple and drinkable bourbon as well as MGP fans.

WORTH THE PRICE: This one is at the upper-echelon of bottom-shelf whiskey. I would not go above MSRP.

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: This one is definitely a Bar rating. A very average Bourbon lacking much in depth.

OVERALL:  Redemption High Rye Bourbon is something I’ve been hemming-and-hawing about for the last year. It has a very attractive, low-entry price and it is from MGP, something only a few years ago was sneered at and in the last couple, suddenly treasured.

I hoped Redemption High Rye Bourbon would be an opportunity to #RespectTheBottomShelf but this didn’t quite make my cut of a great low-cost gem. There was nothing really wrong with this Bourbon, it just was very average with a punch of ethanol despite allowing it to rest about 20 minutes prior to sipping.

I don’t want to leave the impression this is a bad whiskey because it isn’t. But, it also isn’t a shining star. Yet, when one of the best things about a whiskey is its creamy mouthfeel, that’s not something that wets my whistle.

This would be a good Bourbon to use in cocktails. There are some very strong flavors. But, it also drinks a lot higher than its proof statement.

Try this one at a Bar (or friend’s house) first before committing to a bottle.  MGP fans should try this as well so they can get a complete idea of what they offer. Cheers!

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Jeffrey Schwartz

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Known throughout Wisconsin (and now the world) as Whiskeyfellow, Jeff was a late-bloomer to the Wonderful World of Whiskey. At the suggestion of his wife, he started with Scotch and was hooked. He was under the impression that he was happy. A friend asked him several times to try Bourbon, and he eventually gave in, only to fall completely in love with it. Those first steps started him on his #DrinkCurious adventure that led him to #RespectTheBottomShelf. Jeff now relishes many types of whiskeys, ranging from the super-affordable to the super-premium and everything in between. Aside from simply sipping and writing about it, Jeff now enjoys spreading the whiskey gospel by hosting educational tasting events. Read Jeff's full profile.

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