English Whisky Maker Merica Whisky Debuts A Young Rye Spirit

| September 10, 2021

Staffordshire, England based -based Mercia Whisky recently unveiled its first rye spirit at the English Whisky Festival. 

The small-batch, four-month-old rye was aged in a 50-liter Speyside cask and is the company’s first product. Mercia Whisky founders Jeremy Roney and Paul Horrocks founded the spirit producer in September 2020.

“Launching our very first rye spirit to an audience that appreciates its whisky is something we could not have envisaged a year ago,” said Roney in a prepared statement. “We can’t wait to talk about the product and our plans to establish Mercia Whisky in the Midlands as a producer of quality rye whisky in the coming years.”

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Mercia Whisky Rye Spirit (image via Mercia Whisky)

Horrocks added: “We share a strong passion for whisky and we launched Mercia Whisky because of that. For us, this is just the start.”

The Mercia Whisky two-month new make rye spirit has 50% alcohol by volume, and the cask it was aged in has been shaved, toasted and re-charred. 

The rye new make is available to buy and costs £75, excluding delivery. Official tasting notes for it are below.

  • Appearance: An alluring rich caramel.
  • Nose: sweet roasted nuts, buttered toast, warm rye bread.
  • Palate: Initial burst of sweet brown sugar and honey, with intense rich roasted nuts and a lingering coffee liqueur finish.

The founders of the company, it is said, “have a passion for ‘bourbon’, for rock festivals and the ancient Anglo-Saxon heritage of the Kingdom of Mercia. They are more likely to be seen in a tasting room – or being Anglo saxon warriors! But they are serious about their rye spirits and aim to have an operating distillery in the Midlands by 2023.”

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Hannah Kanik

Hannah Kanik is a freelance writer from California. Two years ago, she found herself drinking Scottish whisky atop Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and found her love for whisky and its storytelling side-effects.