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Hard Truth Distilling Malted Rye Sweet Mash Rye 2023

$80

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RATING

7

Whiskey Review: Hard Truth Distilling Malted Rye Sweet Mash Rye 2023

Tasting Notes:

About:
Distilled from a mash bill of 54% rye and 46% malted rye, it has aged at least two years and is bottled at 113.4 proof.
Appearance:
This has a nice, proto-typical golden-amber color, offering acceptable legs and viscosity in the glass.
Nose:
The aromatics contain a lot of rye but for different reasons because of the two rye styles. Notes of rye bread, baking spice, black licorice, dark cherries, popcorn, and caramel are present.
Palate:
This comes in warm and rye spicy, but with an interesting baked rye bread back kick. Notes on the palate include baking spice, coriander, oak, anise, almond, peppermint, and cinnamon.
Finish:
This has a decent amount of heat as it hits the back throat, holding rye spice and just a slight touch of Hot Tamales as it fades out at a decent clip.
Comments:
While related as a grain type, the integration of rye and malted rye is a tricky consideration. Hard Truth does a good job at this with this whiskey, but I’m not finding quite the balance I hoped for.
We review Hard Truth Distilling Malted Rye Sweet Mash Rye 2023, distilled from a 100 percent rye mash bill of 54% rye and 46% malted rye.

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by the party behind it. Per our editorial policies, this in no way influenced the outcome of this review. 

In its time on the Indiana whiskey scene, Hard Truth Distilling has established itself as one of the craft leaders in that state. Begun in 2015, one of the things that’s become something of an in-house style is embracing the so-called “sweet mash” way of making whiskey. As we’ve explained in the past, this approach involves having each new batch of whiskey begin with a freshly made mash rather than reusing a portion of the spent mash from the previous production cycle, which would be considered the “Sour Mash” style more commonly used by many bourbon and rye makers today.

Today’s Offering

On the rye side of Hard Truth’s distilling playbook, a yearly offering is a series of whiskeys known as Master Distiller’s Reserve Collection. First released in 2022, this lineup focuses on using specialty roasted malts to impart more unique flavors into each expression. As Hard Truth has noted, “Chocolate malt is malted barley roasted to a very dark color which brings flavors of espresso and chocolate (like in a porter or stout beer). Caramel is roasted half as long and is more like caramel corn, sticky toffee in its flavor contributions.

“Malted Rye is a 100% rye whiskey which utilizes a portion of the mash bill in rye grain and a portion of rye grain that has been malted or sprouted and then kiln dried.”

Today, we’re reviewing the Hard Truth Distilling Malted Rye Sweet Mash Rye 2023. Distilled from a mash bill of 54% rye and 46% malted rye, this 100 percent rye whiskey has been aged at least two years and is drawn from a “small batch” of five barrels. Available in 750 ml bottles, it is bottled at 113.4 proof.

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