American By Nino Marchetti / June 1, 2018 Portland, Oregon-based Eastside Distilling, as we noted last year, has been going all in to date with the finishing of their sourced whiskeys in Oregon oak, a variant of this wood type that’s quite different in barrel flavor influence compared to your typical American oak. To date they’ve been just finishing bourbon in it, but now word is a new rye whiskey is hitting the market that’s seen extra maturation time the same way. The new Eastside Distilling Burnside Oregon Oaked Rye, according to those behind it, is a blended rye whiskey expression (straight rye and straight whiskey ranging in age and mash bill) that’s been finished for an undisclosed amount of time in Oregon (Garryana) oak. It is then bottled at 46% ABV. It, like the other Burnside whiskeys, comes in colorful, individually screen-printed bottles. “We are thrilled and proud to begin shipping the world’s first rye whiskey finished in Quercus Garryana casks, aka Oregon Oak, right on the heels of winning a first-class Double Gold medal from the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition,” said Eastside distiller Mel Heim in a prepared statement. “Our new rye is a wonderful spirit that we think is unique to the rye category. The flavor experience is spiced, sweet, balanced and full-bodied. We have been working for years on developing and perfecting our rye and so it has become over time a highly anticipated addition to our line of Burnside Oregon Oak whiskey expressions.” You’ll find limited official tasting notes for Burnside Oregon Oaked Rye below for your consideration from the distillery. It should be noted as well, like Heim pointed out, that this is very likely the first rye whiskey to emerge from Oregon oak. Bourbon is something Eastside is already well versed with, while distilleries such as Westland having been playing with single malts in the same wood species. Nose: Herbaceous with cassia and coriander, toffee, orange peel, peach and allspice. Flavor: Opens with pronounced dried spices and bold peach notes. Progresses mid-palate to a unique balance of malt and cassia and toffee then finishes with warm hints of mint and toasted oak.