O.H. Ingram River Aged Straight Rye Emerges As Next Whiskey Aged Over Water

Brown Water Spirits earlier this year grabbed some headlines when it unveiled the first in a new whiskey line up that was aged in a purpose built, floating rick house docked in the Mississippi River. This expression was not gimmicky at all we found in a recent review and now, in a subsequent release, a new rye has been announced.

The new O.H. Ingram River Aged Straight Rye, according to those behind it, is said to have a higher corn mash bill and, like the whiskey that came before, it is among the only of its kind to be “aged inside a first-of-its-kind floating rick house moored on the riverbank in Ballard County, KY. Here, it’s exposed to the climate of the Mighty Mississippi River and its rise and fall. These factors combine to provoke a unique interaction between wood and spirit that isn’t possible inside a traditional rick house.

O.H. Ingram River Aged Straight Rye

O.H. Ingram River Aged Straight Rye (image via Brown Water Spirits)

“The constant motion of the river ensures that the whiskey never stops working, creating an extraordinary spirit with a taste mature beyond its years.”

“The response to O.H. Ingram River Aged so far has been beyond what I could’ve possibly imagined,” said proprietor Hank Ingram in a prepared statement. “Since our Straight Whiskey hit shelves in October, whiskey lovers have been able to experience the taste created by our unique aging process, and our Straight Rye will only deepen their connection to the Ingram River Aged Series.

“Bourbon first became popular in America because it came down the river to New Orleans where it gained popularity and distribution. The goal of our process was to put the river back into American whiskey and see what effect it would have on the whiskey. Even in the midst of the pandemic, we’ve found that people are always ready for a good story and a good drink. With O.H. Ingram River Aged, we offer both.”

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Official information from the brand indicates this release be bottled at 94 proof. Some tasting notes from the as well can be found below.

  • On the Nose: Buttery, floral, subtle notes of caramel
  • Palate: Vanilla, graham cracker, cinnamon, hints of hay and nutmeg
  • Finish: A very soft, buttery and smooth finish with notes of butterscotch, bubblegum, raspberry preserves and hints of tobacco