American Whiskey - Rye

Far North Spirits Røknar Minnesota Rye Whiskey

From: Minnesota, United States Liquor Review Category: Rye American Whiskey

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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2016

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Roknar Rye whiskey is the natural result of the rye experts at Far North. It is made from a base of Minnesota-grown Hazlet Winter Rye and blended with corn grain. This suggests a softer rye whiskey in the "Maryland style." The whiskey is aged for a year in smaller 10-gallon barrels (the traditional barrel is 53 gallons) formerly holding cognac and Spanish sherry (again unusual... most aging is done in ex-bourbon or new oak barrels), which will give the whiskey a light color and flavor. The name translates as "warrior."

Far North Spirits was founded in 2013 by Michael Swanson and Cheri Reese. It is a "grain-to-glass" distillery (they style it "field to glass") in that they control every aspect of production from growing the grain, to distillation, to blending and bottling. The name is a reference to the fact that they are the northernmost distillery in the continental United States on the Swanson farm in Minnesota.

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