American Whiskey - Bourbon

Rough Rider Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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Rough Rider Bourbon is an homage to Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders who became famous in the Spanish American War. It is made from a grain bill of 60% corn, 35% rye, 5% barley, which signals to us a "high rye" bourbon recipe with the sweeter corn highlighted by the spicier rye. The aging is done first in new barrels (as bourbon must be) but then finished in merlot and chardonnay wine barrels, which impart some of the character into the bourbon in a process popular with sherry casks and scotch.

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jaketaz jaketaz (242)
Rating: 2.0 (2015-05-20)
Young, harsh, and unrefined. The Merlot-cask aging lends a weird unnatural sweetness that uses your nose to confuse you into thinking you're drinking something sweet and smooth. When you stop trying to figure out why this whiskey smells like wine, you'll taste that it's pretty rough and acidic. That said, I had about 3 ounces and it didn't burn too bad or upset my stomach, and the taste wasn't offensive, just too young. If you want something "high rye," just get rye. Riverboat, Bulleit, Dickel and Rittenhouse make fine ryes.
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