Whiskey made from corn,rye, wheat or barley
Even though the most known product coming from USA is Bourbon and despite of the general tendency to think all American whiskey is bourbon, truth is than in the USA they make more than just bourbon. Normally the product is named after the main ingredient (corn, rye, wheat, barely).
It is not necessary to age the product in order to call it whiskey, as it is in the EU; therefore, the minimum aging process takes 6 months. When it reaches two years of maturation, we can already refer to that aged product as Straight Whiskey. American blended whiskies tend to combine “straight whiskey” with non-aged whiskies.
Legally, in the United States there are two types of rye whiskey: ‘Rye Whiskey’ which by law must use a minimum percentage of 51% rye in its blend, distilled to a maximum of 80% volume and aged in new toasted oak barrels at a maximum of 62.5% ABV for at least 1 year. On the other hand, Straight Rye Whiskey, which in addition to meeting the conditions of Rye Whiskey, must be bottled without blending with other distillates and aged for a minimum of two years.
Straight Rye Whiskey) unblended
Blended Straight* Rye Whiskey a blend of various Rye
* The term Straight means “pure”.
The result is a 45 proof whiskey with a reddish colour. The nose is generous with notes of vanilla, honey and spice.
The entry on the palate is dry and clean, leaving behind a sweet nuance, with hints of caramel, due to the ageing. The finish is bitter, smooth and does not burn the throat. Elegant and aromatic, with a spicy touch, ideal for incorporating into classic cocktails.