We wanted to create something unique – a bit more spicy and smoky than most traditional offerings. It’s a bit of a unique take in rye whiskey.Mike Blaum, Co-founder and chief distillerClick to explore our complete library of reviews to help you choose your next perfect bottle.
Blaum Bros. Straight Rye Whiskey
NOSE: Rye Spice | Toffee Sweetness | Slight Oak
TASTE: Spicy Rye | Honey | Slight smoke
FINISH: Medium, nice burn, spicy with leather and hay notes at the end
SHARE WITH: Rye fans this is a good rye. It has a good complexity and will not be confused with bourbon on the palette. I like the Spicy burn in the finish, reflective of the decent 50% ABV.
WORTH THE PRICE: Yes. They priced it at $50 MSRP as a craft rye. Perhaps a little high for a rye, but not completely out of line.
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: This one I am going to give it a solid bottle. I don’t claim to be a rye expert, but I like a good rye, and I like this one.
OVERALL: The Blaum Brothers message of quality and authenticity comes through on this product. The smoked malt adds to the complexity and a full four years in the barrel, not overly common in ryes is evident in the taste. Having tasted this during bourbon heritage month, I feel like I am cheating, but I will try it in a Manhattan as soon as we get to October.
An emphasis for this distillery is locally grown grains. I like this approach as it provides an opportunity to create subtly and local identity in the spirits business. In the wine business its called terroir. There are disagreements as to whether terroir can survive the distillation process, but I’m a believer.
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. Expands Premium Spirits Portfolio With Four-Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey
GALENA, Ill. – Aug. 15, 2019 – Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. adds even more variety to the spirits portfolio at the independent distillery with the new release of Blaum Bros. Old Straight Rye Whiskey. Aged a minimum of four years, the small batch rye fermented and distilled in a more traditional way, with a focus on a longer maturation.
“With our Straight Rye Whiskey, we wanted to create something unique – a bit more spicy and smoky than most traditional offerings. It’s a bit of a unique take in rye whiskey, while still maintaining the traditional characteristics familiar to rye whiskey lovers,” says Mike Blaum, co-founder and chief distiller of the family-owned operation based in Galena, Illinois.
Air dried for 18-24 months in charred white oak barrels, Blaum Bros. Straight Rye Whiskey is aged a minimum of four years. The 100 proof (50% ABV) whiskey is made form 92 percent rye which was sourced from a single farm in Illinois, fiver percent smoked malt and three percent malted barley.
Blaum Bros. Straight Rye Whiskey Characteristics:
Nose: Toasted caramel, sweet tea, and leather.
Palate: Wood spice, dried berries, and honey notes – with a burst of mint.
Finish: Maple sweetness, tapering off with hints of more mint and perique tobacco.
“This expression offers a mature rye with subtle caramel, vanilla and dried fruit notes paired with the robust rye spice that draws people into the category. We took our time with this one and are proud to have a delightful, mature 4 year-old rye from 53 gallon barrels,” says CEO and distiller, Matt Blaum.
Base in the historic town of Galena, Illinois, the Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. includes a retail shop a tasting room that welcomes over 125,000 visitors annually. Multiple 45-minute tours of the distillery are offered daily ($10 per person, under 14 free). The Blaum Bros. team show visitors how the family-owned craft distillery selects the best grains available in the local area and abroad, then hand crafts spirits by meticulously controlling the entire process – form the milling of the raw grains, to the mashing, fermentation, and distillation on their custom-made copper stills.
Now available in fine establishments and retailers where premium spirits are sold (CO, IL, KY, TN, WI)., the Blaum Bros. Straight Rye Whiskey (750 ml) is available for the suggested retail price of $49.99.
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. is located at 9380 W. U.S. Highway 20, Galena, IL 61036. For tour reservations, call (815) 777-1000 or visit www.blaumbros.com.
Disclaimer: Blaum Brothers Distilling Co. provided Bourbon & Banter with a sample of their product for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow us to review their products with no strings attached. Thank you.