Hemingway Whiskey Company recently announced the launch of its first whiskey expression, with the company being led by a few well established Kentucky whiskey folk.
The new Hemingway Rye Whiskey First Edition, according to those behind it, is a blend of straight rye whiskeys finished in ultra-premium, rum seasoned Oloroso Sherry casks. The blend consists of 94% 9-year-old Indiana Straight Rye and 6% 4-year-old Kentucky Straight Rye. What’s of particular note here is the rye was distilled by master distiller Jacob Call, formerly of Green River. Call, working alongside his father Ron and brother Clayton, herald from a distilling family with more than 230 years of whiskey making experience.
As well as the Calls, this new whiskey outfit is led by Steve Groth, co-founder of the Angel’s Envy Bourbon brand.
“As an eighth-generation distiller and Kentuckian, I’ve had the chance to work with a variety of whiskey brands throughout my distilling career but having the chance to work with my father and brother on our Hemingway Rye Whiskey has been a dream come true,” said Jacob Call in a prepared statement. “Together, we have poured our hearts into this first edition blend, and we’re proud to share it.”
As the name implies, Hemingway Whiskey Company is “inspired by American author, journalist, and storyteller Ernest Hemingway.”
“With Hemingway as inspiration, the Call family has authored a new whiskey masterpiece,” said Groth. “It’s an honor to have the Call family and their centuries of whiskey making experience as part of this new offering. With a focus on quality and innovation, the legacy team we have in place has crafted this premium rye whiskey with passion and we can’t wait to get it in the hands of rye whiskey lovers everywhere.”
The First Edition release of Hemingway Rye comes in what’s described as “Collector’s Packaging.” With only 972 bottles, the bottles are hand-numbered and hand-signed by the Calls; each will come encased in a textured library-style box, which includes a gold foiled Hemingway signature, “First Edition” inscription, and a satin pull ribbon. Each First Edition bottle also features “a unique, removable card on the back, inspired by old-fashioned library book cards, inviting imbibers to pour their own stories and log who they share their rye with.”
The bottles are available for purchase online for around $150 per 750 ml offering, shipping to most states. Official tasting notes make mention that the whiskey “is 100 proof and a dark amber color. It has a rich caramel and brown sugar aroma, complemented by back notes of soft rye and vanilla. On the palate, it has notes of rich cherry, toasted oak, creamy caramel, and cinnamon. A rich mouthfeel bursts with fruit flavor leading into a soft, sweet, and warm finish.”
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