American By Nino Marchetti / September 11, 2019 The Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., founded in Illinois in 2013 by two brothers, has of late been releasing American whiskeys that reflect its relative age as a younger distillery. Earlier this year, for example, we saw the unveiling of a four year old bourbon, and now word has come down of a new, similarly aged rye whiskey.The new Blaum Bros. Old Straight Rye Whiskey, according to those behind it, was aged for a minimum of four years in charred, white oak barrels that had been air dried for 18-24 months. It has a mash bill that’s made from 92 percent rye which was sourced from a single farm in Illinois, five percent smoked malt and three percent malted barley.“With our Straight Rye Whiskey,” said Mike Blaum, co-founder and chief distiller of the family-owned operation based in Galena, Illinois, in a prepared statement, “we wanted to create something unique — a bit more spicy and smoky than most traditional offerings. It’s a bit of a unique take in rye whiskey, while still maintaining the traditional characteristics familiar to rye whiskey lovers.”Blaum Bros. Old Straight Rye Whiskey (image via Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.)“This expression offers a mature rye with subtle caramel, vanilla and dried fruit notes paired with the robust rye spice that draws people into the category,” added CEO and distiller, Matt Blaum. “We took our time with this one and are proud to have a delightful, mature 4 year-old rye from 53 gallon barrels.”As it stands now plans call for this new rye whiskey, bottled at 100 proof, to price around $50 and made available in Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Wisconsin. You’ll find some official tasting notes below.Nose: Toasted caramel, sweet tea, and leather.Palate: Wood spice, dried berries, and honey notes — with a burst of mint.Finish: Maple sweetness, tapering off with hints of more mint and perique tobacco.