Whiskey Review: Riverset Straight Rye

, | March 15, 2021

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by B.R. Distilling Company. This in no way, per our editorial policiesinfluenced the final outcome of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the buy link towards the bottom of this review our site receives a small referral payment which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs.

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” This question is probably one the few that most of us can relate to and remember from our childhood. Personally I can recall that even in my youth – I was never one to give a straight answer. I remember picking the question apart that was asked to me by a distant aunt who was just trying to be nice. ‘What do you mean BE? I want to BE alive’. Or, on other occasions, ‘I want to BE happy.’ But, of course the more accurate retort has always been ‘I’m going to put off growing up as long as possible’.

Now, I knew full well at the time ( I really should apologize to my aunt) that what she was inquiring about had to do with my hopes and aspirations as to what I might think I could see myself doing as an occupation and a career. The answer to this ubiquitous question usually changes over time, whether the laws of nature had other ideas or a more realistic goal is interrupted by a lot of schooling that you were not prepared to commit to weight first came to mind.  But sometimes, we stick with the plan only to find out what we thought we wanted to be is not where our actual interests take us.

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The founder of B.R. Distilling Company, McCauley Williams, was practicing law at one one the nation’s largest law firms out of his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. He worked in the areas of , among others, in mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate restructuring. One of the businesses that he was representing happened to be a local distillery that was needing to restructure, and through this process, came to be fascinated with the industry.

Learning all that was involved sparked within him an idea that changed his career path from where he had started and now we are tasting whiskey that is intended to celebrate the history and heritage of his hometown. A detailed look into this story and some very interesting insights into getting started in the whiskey business are found on this podcast.

We, however, are going to take a detailed look at one of the expressions from B.R. Distilling: Riverset Straight Rye Whiskey.

Riverset Straight Rye

Riverset Straight Rye (image via Jason Marshall/The Whiskey Wash)

Tasting Notes: Riverset Straight Rye Whiskey

Vital Stats: 93 proof (46.5% ABV). Mash bill: 95% rye and 5% malted barley. Unfiltered. Aged a minimum of four years. Crafted in Memphis, Tennessee. MSRP $29.99.

Appearance: Clear, with a medium intensity and a golden hue. Viscous in the tasting glass with slow forming legs that cling to the side.

Nose: Ripe late summer fruits. Reminiscent of walking through a peach orchard right before harvest with notes of vanilla and light oak.

Palate: Light rye spice and fruit forward. Lingering peach and apple crisp finish. Subtle wood undertones with a good balance.

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The Takeaway


This rye makes you hungry. Particularly, Bar B Cue. This would pair nicely with a summer cookout. Baby back ribs and buttered sweet corn. Save room for dessert, this would work well with that as well. Or, in a cocktail with a little kick to it such as a mule. And, at a nice price point for someone looking to explore rye whiskey.

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Jason Marshall

Jason Marshall has spent his career as a bartender advocate and mentor , providing an opportunity for the best new faces and ideas to flourish. The process has given him opportunities to stretch creatively, develop wonderful people who branched out to their own passions, and host cocktail competitions with a...