American By Nino Kilgore-Marchetti / October 27, 2014 Describing itself as a supplier of craft distilled spirits, California-based Congenial Spirits earlier this month debuted an original recipe, aged a minimum of two years in charred American oak barrels rye whiskey called Twelve Five Rye. It was produced in cooperation with Iowa-based Cedar Ridge, which is a personal favorite of mine for its range of craft whiskies. Twelve Five Rye is named as such “for the eponymous day that prohibition was lifted by Franklin D. Roosevelt: December 5, 1933.” It comes in a vintage bottle design that’s said to be a nod to medicinal whiskey containers from that era, and was put into these bottles at 95 proof. This new amber-colored rye whiskey sports a mash bill comprised of a blend of 70% rye, 15% malted barley and 15% corn that was locally sourced by Cedar Ridge. It is considered a limited edition bottling that is particularly being targeted as a liquor that goes good with cocktails. To that end, a PDF with recipes is embedded below for your consideration as well as tasting notes from Congenial. The spirit marries a smooth body and tasting notes of vanilla, toffee and spice. The aroma is rich with spice giving way to smooth character on the first sip, followed by a velvety finish. A complex whiskey, it has a strong bite of rye with a hint of caramel and peppery wooded notes. [scribd id=244673220 key=key-y4pduj0cvhxoKSqFX62h mode=scroll] Read More Whiskey NewsDeath And Destruction: The Risks Of Whiskey Making Get Jefferson's Ocean at ReserveBar. Shop now!