Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a free sample to review by the party behind it. The Whiskey Wash, while appreciative of this, did keep full independent editorial control over this article.
Earlier we reviewed the Yellow Rose Blended Whiskey, a real standout in it’s category, and also their bourbon. Next up we have their Straight Rye Whiskey, made from 95% rye. Without a mention of distillation or mashing on their website, it is safe bet to assume this is a sourced product.
Yellow Rose Distillery has committed to growth over the last few years. In 2014 they moved operations to a 10,000 square foot production facility and tasting room on the edge of Uptown Houston. Here they grew to a 600 gallon mash ton, two 600 gallon fermenters and a 600 gallon whiskey still, with current production capabilities exceeding 10,000 cases per year. Last year they went to launch full on national expansion, partnering with Blue Ridge Spirits to help on the sales, branding, product development and volume growth side. Expect some package redesign and additional products launches in next six months.
Yellow Rose Straight Rye Whiskey – complete to its label as “straight” – has been aged at least four years and has no coloring, flavoring, or additional spirits. It is 90 proof, 45% alcohol by volume, and priced around $40.
Color: Light yellow gold. Clear with long legs.
Nose: Strong and sweet smelling of caramel corn and melted brown sugar. End notes of spearmint, clove, and summer fruit jam.
Palate: Light leather and wood with a touch of honey, the tongue only slightly lingering. Low to no heat.
I found this to be a very typical rye with a youthful, perhaps underdeveloped mouth. To me it was nothing to write home about, but the strong and unique nose would (as Yellow Rose distillery suggest) make it a good cocktail companion.