Blue Run Spirits recently announced the release of its second ever rye whiskey contract distilled by Blue Run Liquid Advisor Jim Rutledge at Kentucky’s Castle & Key Distillery.
The new Blue Run Emerald Rye Whiskey, according to those behind it, was crafted from just 189 barrels by Rutledge and Blue Run Whiskey Director Shaylyn Gammon, the brand’s whiskey blender. It is said that, “adding to the complexity, several Emerald barrels were aged at different locations more than fifty miles apart in Bardstown and Frankfort. The difference in aging environments helped contribute to the blend’s approachability at this high of proof.
“In addition, Shaylyn crafted Emerald with whiskies born from three different mash bills with varying degrees of the core grain of rye, creating a rich liquid palette for her to work with when applying her award-winning blending skills.”
“This was an incredibly fun project to work on as I asked the Blue Run team what aspects of Rye Whiskey they truly loved,” said Gammon in a prepared statement. “I then went about focusing my blend on those key attributes, zeroing in on fragrant herbs, fresh peppers and robust spice. Those three prominent notes provide the foundation for a complex, deep flavor experience all the way through to the finish.”
Blue Run Emerald is available for around $110 and is barrel proof at 116.7. Limited official tasting notes indicate that, “on the nose, Emerald Rye has dreamy butterscotch and creamy caramel leading to toasted oak and spicy peppers. The palate is awakened with a quick hit of buttercream and shishito peppers followed by a blast of apples and pears evolving into a woody sprinkling of cloves and rye spice.
“The finish will leave you with lasting memories of leather, oak and brown butter.”
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