Castle & Key
The second batch of Blue Run's High Rye Bourbon (batch 1 pictured here for lovely studio imagery) follows up on the success of the first - with bottles selling far faster than anticipating, and requiring a follow up batch to keep whiskey drinkers satiated. Once again produced at Castle & Key, bottled for Blue Run and overseen by Jim Rutledge of former Four Roses glory, this bottling aims to be quite the pour. Let's dive in.
Funky honey, waffle cone, toffee, rich buttery biscuits and maple candies. Light oak character, lots of citrus and a touch of floral character. Light tannin.
Medium to rich palate, honey, cream, maple and waffle cone. Nice oak structure, cocoa, honey, orange peel. Wild Turkey on steroids? Hello.
Long finish, touch of orange, luxardo cherry, peppery and rich, lots going on. Really interesting how much fruit develops here, but the high rye packs a punch that works really well here.
Impressive, delicious, complex and brimming with more potential to reach even higher. The tannin, complexity and enticing flavors are there, and are just asking to be dialed up. Batch 2 is a winner.
Disclosure: The producer provided this sample to review free of charge, and without expectation of review or rating.