Featured and reviewed in Episode 43, Ragtime Rye Whiskey was a quirky little number we both enjoyed. Hints of cherry with a very present rye character, this one scored high.

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From the distillers, New York Distilling

At the dawn of a new century, before the turbulence of Prohibition, the stalwarts of saloons and brothels alike were Ragtime and Rye. The syncopated rhythms of a uniquely American music were punctuated by well-built melody and shades of harmony; to ask for a whiskey cocktail meant a hearty Rye in hand – bold, slightly spicy and full of warm flavor. From Lincoln to the Dust Bowl, the wrath of battle to the backyard barbecue, Rye Whiskey has waxed and waned like amber waves of grain, its popularity, only recently, reclaimed as a resolute American spirit.

Distilled from rye proudly grown in New York State, this uncompromising whiskey is aged exclusively in full-size barrels to ensure robust flavor and nuanced finish. If the destiny of nations depends on cultural nourishment then ours may rest, in fulfillment, with Ragtime and Rye.

Nose: An elegant nose full of red berry and clean, classic rye notes. Touches of cherry, golden syrup and a hint of white pepper. Perhaps a whiff of salted licorice.

Palate: Brilliantly mouth-coating. The rye spice gets dialed up a notch here, alongside hearty helpings of nutmeg and cinnamon. Still has plenty of berry notes to it (think blackberry and a hint of raspberry), though now with a pleasing orange glaze.

Finish: Subtly drying, with very evocative notes of fresh, juicy clementine lasting. Red rope licorice, too.

Tanner: 96
Eric: 95

LMAW Score: 95.5 (A)

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