Oppidan Malted Rye A Rare Bird Among Malt Whiskey Types

OppidanWhiskeyThere’s a new whiskey distillery that recently surfaced out of Illinois with an interesting young rye whiskey just released for your consideration. What’s most interesting about it, if nothing else, is the fact the new Oppidan Malted Rye Whiskey is 100 percent rye malt, which is something of a rare bird among whiskey types.

Most of the time when one thinks of malt whiskey, a traditional single malt made from mostly malted barley comes to mind. Malted barley is at the heart of Scotch, for example, as well as many American single malts. Malted ryes, in the meanwhile, look to be made only by a handful of distilleries that I’m aware of, with Old Pogue and Anchor Distilling being among the more well known in this niche space. There’s an interesting discussion over at reddit if you want to learn a little more on this.

As for the Oppidan offering, I was told by the distillery it is a bottling of just over one year in age, with it being noted to me as well they have this whiskey aging in “15, 25, 30, and 53 gallon barrels.” The rye malt is said to be enjoyed either neat or mixed in a cocktail, the later of which is likely due to the fact rye whiskies in general make good mixed drink ingredients.

Bottled at 46% ABV, the Oppidan Malted Rye is pricing around $45 for a 750 ml bottle over at Binny’s right now if you want one. Official tasting notes for it are below, described more by general taste characteristics versus your usual nose, etc. style breakdown.

• Chocolate
• Pepper
• Honeysuckle
• Leather
• Clove
• Vanilla

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Nino Marchetti

As the founder of The Whiskey Wash, I'm crazy about whiskey, I can tell you, and I aim to share this passion with you through this site. As for my professional background, I’m a writer and journalist by trade and an Internet dot-com veteran prior to that. My most recent venture prior to this was as the founder and editor-in-chief of EarthTechling, a leading consumer focused green technology news website. I also have an extensive collection of whiskies from both start up distilleries and centuries old operations in Scotland alike, sprinkled with some other odds and ends from around the world, that have provided me with a unique picture of what’s going on with this wonderful spirit.

  • Interesting. I may have to give this one a try, although it does come off as a bit pricey. I do like seeing more 100% Rye whiskies, however. Definitely not the simplest recipe to distill. The bottle is quite Gin-esque, too.

    • The bottle is pretty slick, no doubt. As for price, it fits with other craft ryes I’ve been seeing for the most part.