Rossville Union Master Crafted Straight Barrel Proof Rye Whiskey (750ml)
Lawrenceburg, Indiana, UNITED STATES
$160. 00 Bottle
Drawn from eighty three 5-6 year old barrel reserves and bottled at natural strength, this sourced whiskey is reported to be a blend of MGP’s relatively ubiquitous 95% rye recipe. At barrel proof, Rossville delivers a full yet balanced expression. Tasting note: Bright amber. The grain presents with dustings of cocoa and honey followed by an applemint / chocolate note... later distant aniseed, scents of pipe tobacco and chocolate box. A huge rye attack. The oily, buttery mid-palate stage is superb, while the finish unfurls in a flurry of spice, muddled mint and gently bittersweet oak. Great length and balance. Impressive. 56.3% Alc./Vol. Other reviews… The aroma is a mélange of sweet goodness, with violet candies, figgy dried fruits, and molasses cake that almost evoke a cane-like rum sweetness, as tobacco leaf, leather, and sassafras notes add depth. It’s a real roof burner on the palate, broad and mouth coating, offering a big blast of spices, cocoa powder, tropical fruits, and vanilla before the wood and minty herbs drive it to the finish line. 90 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth (Fall 2018) As with the Straight Rye…great stuff.... The jump up in proof of course gives it a different feel, but their flavor profiles are fairly similar. Whereas I loved the winey-ness of the Straight Rye’s nose, here I loved the deep and vibrant palate – especially with a bit of water. The Straight Rye is the better one to use in cocktails, this one shines as a more rugged slow, neat sipper, or even over a large chunk of ice. The quandary comes with the price. This is a very, very good whiskey, perhaps a step up over the Straight Rye, but enough of a step up to justify the jump in price? That’s a tougher call. Still, definitely recommended.