DISCLAIMER: The Sample for this review was provided by the manufacturer. All ideas and opinions in this post are entirely my own. I do not accept any money for these reviews.
Color: Dark Amber
Nose: Honey, Spice, Green Apple, Alcohol
Taste: Vanilla, Lots of Spice, Cinnamon Apple, Walnut, Hints of Sweet Corn and Oak
Finish: Medium Sweet finish with hints of spice and a warm glow
This was my second rye. I’ll get to the first later in the week. I went into this with a pretty good hunch that, while I hadn’t had Rye, I was going to like it. I was sent a plethora of samples by the great folks at FEW. They were very generous. I will admit there was one that I didn’t care for, and 3 different Gins that, although good, I have decided are better left to Gin enthusiasts to review.
A little bit of back-story on FEW. FEW is located in the heart of prohibition, Evanston, Illinois. This town doesn’t have a single bar or liquor store to this day. Paul Hletko, the Few Spirits founder and distiller, doesn’t let that stop him though. He might have even gone as far as thumbing his nose at the temperance movement, by coincidentally naming his distillery FEW. Frances Elizabeth Willard(FEW) was the co-founder and president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. But, like I said that’s just coincidence right?
On to the review. THe nose of this was very pleasing. It was also quite different from what I am used to. Second time having Rye. The aromas seem a lot more gentle than most american whiskey. I loved the Wild Honey, and cinnamon apple. It also had another essence that I was not able to determine, kind of a sweet malty smell. I am guessing that may be the Rye.
The taste is like no other, I have to thank Few for opening my eyes to Rye. It is wonderful stuff. This is a 70/20/10 blend of Rye/Corn/Barley, so it is a bit sweeter than what I have read about most rye. Not to sweet though, more of a vanilla background to the spice, cinnamon, walnut, and oak. RIck and I have to say that this is our favorite rye to date and one that will be used to judge others.
The finish is where that 20% corn stops by to say hi. It’s a little sweet, with just the barest hint of spice. It gives a nice warm glow that really seems to linger. Going to have to find some more near me! Definitely recommend this.
I welcome your thoughts and opinions. Review suggestions are welcome.
Until Next Time,