American Whiskey - Rye

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Great Lakes Distillery Menomonee Valley Straight Rye Whiskey

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

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Menomonee Valley Rye whiskey was first released in 2013 numbering 544 bottles... a very limited edition from the craft distillery. It is made from a base of 75% rye with the remaining 25% split evenly between corn and malted barley. To us, this implies a heavy, classic-rye robustness tempered by a bit of the sweet from the corn and the grassy finish of the barley. It is distilled to 155 proof before being blended back to 90 for bottling, which is a little higher in our experience and leads us to believe it's a lighter-bodied whiskey designed to be smooth and accessible rather than heavy, grain-forward flavors. The whiskey was aged on site for 4 years in traditional 53-gallon oak barrels--no accelerated aging, which we greatly appreciate! The name for the rye comes from the fertile Menomonee Valley in Wisconsin where a distillery once stood over a century ago and which today is the location of the new Great Lakes Distillery. 

About the Producer:

Great Lakes Distillery was founded by Guy Rehorst who left his high-tech manufacturing company to return craft-distilling to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They take pride in their local ownership and "mom and pop" status using "old world" methods. Here at Proof66 we had a chance to personally tour the distillery, which can be read in detail in our article Microdistillery Profile: Great Lakes Distillery.

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