Following limited-edition releases in December 2015, Redemption Whiskey, is expanding the portfolio with its first-ever cask strength Bourbon and High Rye Bourbon bottlings. Redemption Whiskey recently introduced three new limited-edition expressions in the Aged Barrel Proof Collection: Straight Rye Whiskey (Aged 8 years), Straight Bourbon (Aged 9 years) and High Rye Bourbon (Aged 9 years).

The Redemption Aged Barrel Proof selections are distilled from mash bills of rye, barley and corn: Straight Rye (95% rye, 5% barley), Bourbon (75% corn, 21% rye, 4% barley), and High Rye Bourbon (60% corn, 36% rye, 4% barley). The expressions have been aged between 8-9 years in charred new oak barrels, and after proper aging, each whiskey is minimally filtered and bottled immediately at full proof. The combination of high rye content and high-proof in each expression ensure consistent flavor in each batch.

Straight Bourbon (Aged 9 years) (109.2 proof)
Visual: Dark gold.
Nose: Deep woodiness with a topcoat of fine peppery corn distillate. Very inviting and immediately engaging. This smells like a still house in the glass.
Taste: Sweet southern drawl on the tongue, with a lick of vanilla and thick caramel. Still, there is a crispness and lightness that imbues an airy quality and elegance.
Finish: Medium long, with some tight singing spice notes to send you off fondly.
Overall: A very solid bourbon that will not disappoint. The higher proof allows you to tweak the final character making this a great choice for the bourbon enthusiast.
GSN Rating: A

High Rye Bourbon (Aged 9 years) (110.6 proof)
Visual: Dark gold.
Nose: Bracingly spicy, with rye toast crunchiness on the nose. Underneath it all, quietly supporting the endeavor lies a sweet and sassy corn and barley portmanteau.
Taste: Still sweet with maple and cinnamon sugar, the rye tempers everything down as the spiced heat kicks in after a few seconds. I’m reminded of maple butter spread on a light rye bread slice. This really opens up after a minute and decompresses into a wider journey of flavor.
Finish: Medium long with the rye spice hanging on far beyond what you might expect.
Overall: A nice blend of the two styles of American whiskey, with neither the rye nor the corn dominating. They are like siblings that have agreed on the rules of the game.
GSN Rating: A

Straight Rye Whiskey (Aged 8 years) (122.2 proof)
Visual: Dark gold.
Nose: Bright, high, crisp, dry, almost slightly saline nose with sun-warmed wood staves. Autumn in a glass.
Taste: Intense spice and rye flavor with an insistent and aggressive body. This is a rye that holds on and won’t let go until long after you’ve had your way with it. The amount of rye forward character calls for a bit of sweetness to tone things down, making this a perfect whiskey for your next Sazerac. Just make sure you add a bit of water to lessen the intensity.
Finish: Long and powerful. The rye flavor goes on for miles.
Overall: A great rye whiskey that in my opinion gives the PVW whiskies a run for their money. Seek this one out and keep it for when dignitaries come to call.
GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Redemption Rye

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