Baltimore Whiskey Company Debuts Straight Rye Whiskey - The Whiskey Wash

Baltimore Whiskey Company Debuts Straight Rye Whiskey

Over in Baltimore, Maryland, whiskey news is often dominated by Sagamore Spirit, the high flying whiskey distillery backed by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank. To date they’ve been releasing whiskey sourced outside of Maryland, though they do have locally distilled product in barrel aging. Meanwhile, over at Baltimore Whiskey Company, they’ve just released Epoch Rye, said to be the first straight rye distilled in this city in almost a century.

Epoch Rye Whiskey, according to those behind it, was first distilled when Baltimore Whiskey Company opened its doors in late 2015. The mash bill of this Maryland rye consists of about 70% rye grain and 30% rye malt, making it a 100 percent rye expression. It is pot distilled and then aged a minimum of two years in 53 gallon, new charred American oak.

“We’re very excited to finally be releasing Epoch Rye, which is of course the product that has always been the namesake of the company,” said Baltimore Whiskey Company co-founder Max Lents in a prepared statement. “It’s appropriate that it’s being released right before we make such big steps forward.”

Plans call for this 100 proof rye whiskey to be made available initially in the mid-Atlantic region of the country. It prices for around $33 a bottle, and limited official tasting notes suggest “clove, cinnamon, vanilla, honey and tropical fruit.”

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As the founder of The Whiskey Wash, I'm crazy about whiskey, I can tell you, and I aim to share this passion with you through this site. As for my professional background, I’m a writer and journalist by trade and an Internet dot-com veteran prior to that. My most recent venture prior to this was as the founder and editor-in-chief of EarthTechling, a leading consumer focused green technology news website. I also have an extensive collection of whiskies from both start up distilleries and centuries old operations in Scotland alike, sprinkled with some other odds and ends from around the world, that have provided me with a unique picture of what’s going on with this wonderful spirit.