Buzzard’s Roost Sippin’ Whiskey out of Kentucky recently released its sixth product offering since launching in 2019 — a Peated Barrel Rye. The whiskey is 105 proof and available in Kentucky and Massachusetts and sells for $75.
“We’ve always said that we wanted to create a bourbon lover’s rye for our first few expressions,” said Jason Brauner, Master Blender at Buzzard’s Roost, in a prepared statement. “Well, we consider Peated Barrel Rye a scotch lover’s rye. We continue to blend our rye whiskeys in lightly charred, oak barrels. With this one, we introduced smoke from the finest peat logs imported from Scotland.”
Buzzard’s Roost Peated Barrel Rye (image via Buzzard’s Roost)
The Peated Barrel Rye is a four years old expression that’s a blend of sweet and smoke, the brand says in official tasting notes. On the nose, it has notes of vanilla and caramel with underlying notes of rye and spice. To the palate, Peated Barrel emits a soft sweetness that delicately finishes into a subtle hint of fire-roasted peat for a sophisticated scotch-like finish.
Buzzard’s Roost noted it works closely with their cooperage and uses proprietary barrels, each charred for certain flavor profiles. Once selected, the whiskey is re-barreled using the special barrels and aged in Kentucky warehouses. The brand just won a Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition for their Toasted Barrel Rye.
Hannah Kanik is a freelance writer from California. Two years ago, she found herself drinking Scottish whisky atop Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and found her love for whisky and its storytelling side-effects.