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Kentucky Owl The Wiseman Rye

  • Distiller:

    Bardstown Bourbon Co.

  • Bottler:

    Kentucky Owl

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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: In the end, this one turns out to be a fairly straightforward and well-constructed rye whiskey, in need of a little more age to make it a good sipper but definitely bold and flavorful enough for an elevated cocktail.
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  • Raided Score: 66
  • Publication: The Bourbon Finder
  • Excerpt: In the end, I feel like this product is fine. It’s not truly exciting me, but there is nothing wrong with it.
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  • Raided Score: 76
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: The Wiseman Rye offers a unique flavor profile that balances sweet and spice with a dash of earthy funk in the middle.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Punchy rye from Kentucky? Pour another.
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  • Intro:

    An April 2022 release, The Wiseman Rye joins the Kentucky Owl lineup alongside The Wiseman Bourbon. The 10-proof bump over The Wiseman Bourbon has us excited to taste this.

  • Nose:

    Bold rye spice, tons of honey, ginger, sweet cream and a pop of herbal funk, orange peel and acidity.

  • Taste:

    Moderate mouthfeel, rich rye character, brown sugar, orange peel and a touch of anise and black tea. It’s punchy, the ABV hides nicely behind maple, caramel, fresh rye bread.

  • Finish:

    Long finish, the best part for certain, great combination of sweetness, rye spice and pleasant oakiness.

  • Overall:

    While the bourbon was just fine, this rye reaches well beyond it, in no small part due to bump in proof and a pleasant tannin influence. Punchy rye from Kentucky? Pour another.

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