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Fun fact, this particular offering by Laws Whiskey House is the first rye whiskey to be Bottled-in-Bond in Colorado history. It is made from a mash bill of locally sourced grain–95% heirloom rye and 5% heirloom barley–and is matured to the ripe age of six years. The focus here is grain to glass, and highlighting the bounty of local ingredients and the unique Colorado climate. The seasons themselves play a key part in the aging process, as the weather in Colorado changes dynamically, giving the barrels the opportunity to mature as intended.
According to marketing representative and analyst for Laws, Lauren Negley, “The barometric pressure drops frequently and we’ll have days in February where it’s 70 and then it’ll be cold in summer. Our whiskey doesn’t have a dormant period, so our six-year release has the complexity of a 11-12 year old release.”
As a bonded whiskey this particular rye is aged six years, which goes beyond the general rule of being at least four years old. It takes patience to go through a process such as bonding. It also takes the determination to ensure that the whiskey you are going to pour out is going to be worth the price of admission for both the distiller, and (especially) the drinker. Laws Whiskey House Straight Rye Whiskey, Bonded, ticks the boxes and shows the fruits of the distiller’s labor.
The Laws Whiskey House is no stranger to the distilling game as well. They’ve been at this since 2011, giving them about a decade’s worth of experience with whiskey. Other offerings include multiple expressions of bourbons and ryes, including base offering, bonded, and cask strength variants. Their limited release portfolio is also quite extensive, including a four grain, various barrel finishes, and a malted whiskey.
Tasting Notes: Laws San Luis Rye Bottled-in-Bond Rye
Vital Stats: 100 proof, 50% ABV. Aged six years. Mash bill of 95% heirloom rye and 5% heirloom barley. Price per 750ml bottle is about $60.
Appearance: Orange with red hues. In the glass, there were many legs, though slow to emerge.
Nose: There’s definitely some heat going on here. Prominent notes were of candied orange zest and rye spice. All in all, it’s simple and pretty straightforward.
Palate: From the get-go, big rye spice and citrus. Medium bodied, with a pleasant and lingering finish. Underlying elements include a medium oak presence with a hint of herbaceousness.
I liked this whiskey. Not quite a wow moment, but definitely solid. It has the classic elements of a rye whiskey, though at the end of the day, this is not a standout, given the bottle price. I think it’s really cool that the team at Laws is doing what they’re doing. This one opens the door nicely, though leaves one wanting just a bit more depth from the whiskey.
User Review3.6 (5 votes)
Kenji is a bartender in Portland, Oregon at the Pope House Bourbon Lounge. A bourbon enthusiast for decades. He likes big whiskeys, pretty much anything over 100 proof.