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Review: Blue Run Emerald Rye

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Blue Run has been on fairly a streak this 12 months. After releasing batch 2 of their Golden Rye together with Reflection I, a High Rye Bourbon, and their spectacular Flight Collection, the model is again once more with their newest expression: Blue Run Emerald Rye. Although that is solely the third rye, and solely the second cask power rye, from Blue Run, they’ve been slowly however certainly establishing an expectation for his or her tackle the fashion.

Whereas their Golden Rye releases and their Vacation Cask Energy Rye have been all noteworthy for his or her approachability, Blue Run Emerald Rye takes a unique tack by ratcheting up the proof and delivering an altogether extra expressive expertise. With candy mint chewing gum, recent herbs, and black pepper swirling within the air instantly after my first pour, I then introduced my nostril to the glass and met a major bit of warmth. As soon as the whiskey was given time to relaxation, aromas of recent pepper, sliced pear, and star anise started to waft out of the glass together with a contact of leather-based, the slight pungency of cream cheese frosting, and a dollop of caramel.

The nosing expertise is at first intense and although it quickly mellows, the tasting expertise resumes the wild journey and the heft of its proof is felt. Following some preliminary warmth this whiskey reveals itself to have a wealthy mouthfeel as notes of caramel and spearmint roll over the tongue earlier than black pepper detonates on the surprisingly lengthy lasting end. Contemporary herbs proceed to specific themselves on the palate with out coming throughout as overly grassy like many ryes are likely to do. As an alternative, Blue Run has absolutely embraced the Kentucky fashion, which on this case is chock-full of spearmint chewing gum however tempered by candy oak and an undercurrent of stone fruit.

As soon as the fireworks from its outsized abv relax, what you’re left with is a flavorful whiskey that’s deceptively candy whereas nonetheless sustaining the traits of a traditional rye. Like many bottles of Blue Run launched up to now, this one carries a wallet-wilting asking value that almost threatens to make it as troublesome to suggest as it’s pleasurable to take pleasure in. Luckily, because of its spectacular stability of flavors and intriguing complexity, it stays principally within the latter camp – making it one more butterfly value catching whereas it lasts.

116.7 proof.

B+ / $110 / bluerunspirits.com

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