Watershed Distillery Releasing Single Barrel Cask Strength Rye Through Lottery

| February 2, 2023

Ohio’s Watershed Distillery just unveiled its first-ever rye whiskey, in a limited run of just 125 bottles for now.

A statement from the independent craft distiller notes that they will offer this barrel strength straight rye whiskey via a lottery starting Feb. 2nd.

The Watershed Distillery Straight Rye Whiskey clocks in at 122.8 proof, and is aged six years in a char #4 barrel. It has a mash bill of 57 percent rye, 36 percent corn and seven percent barley.

Watershed Distillery Straight Rye Whiskey

Ohio’s Watershed Distillery just unveiled its first-ever rye whiskey, in a limited run of just 125 bottles for now. (image via Watershed)

The distiller’s notes show that this distinctive mash bill allows the well-aged spirit to have a delicate spice characteristic that drinks less like a high rye and more like a bourbon.

The notes show the chestnut colored spirit features aromas of graham cracker, caramel and molasses, red apple and tart cherry.

The palate has an initial flavor of spiced fig in brown sugar, stone fruit and butterscotch cake. The finish is of red pear, pink peppercorn, spice cake and maple.

“Rye is new and exciting for us, and we are hoping to help define the rye whiskey category in Ohio as this distinguished spirit continues its comeback,” said Watershed CEO Greg Lehman. “We’ve put in a lot of consideration on the historical context of the product, ingredients and time spent in the barrel, and we think the result is one of our best whiskey releases to date.”

Watershed looks to continue production of this new expression with a permanent place in their portfolio in the near future.

The 125 winners that will be selected via lottery to purchase this limited release, will be able to do so for $89.99 at the Watershed Distillery bottle shop on Feb. 25th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Any unclaimed bottles will be sold at 5:01 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s also limit one bottle per person, and there’s no shipping permitted by state law.

If you want to enter the lottery, or for more information, check out www.watersheddistillery.com/lottery.


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