Blue Run hit the scene with a splash in 2020, a collaboration between Jim Rutledge, the famed former grasp distiller at 4 Roses, and Nike model designer Devon McKinney. Since then, a smattering of whiskeys have been launched by the model, however they’ve all had a catch: All had been sourced, none had any of Rutledge’s actual fingerprints on them.
That’s lastly altering as we speak. Whereas Blue Run Golden Rye can be sourced, the brand new Blue Run Excessive Rye Bourbon launch was distilled at Fort & Key by Jim Rutledge himself, working as “contracted grasp distiller” for the batch.
Blue Run Golden Rye – 91 barrels of this rye had been produced at an unspoken Kentucky distillery; no mashbill or age acknowledged. Tremendous-sweet on the nostril, you might be forgiven for assuming this was a boldly crafted bourbon, thick with aromas of maple syrup, combined herbes de provence, and lavender. There’s only a contact of punchy char, however it’s fairly delicate. The palate makes a shift towards a chocolate word, touched simply so with recent pepper, plus notes of vanilla, black cherry, and licorice. There’s a candied ginger character that emerges because the end approaches, however that’s delicate; cocoa nibs and a contact of the dusty-chewy barrel paved the way out, with a touch of thyme flicking on the tongue. There’s lots to love right here, however the whiskey in the end feels a bit underdeveloped contemplating the upsized price ticket and presentation. Truthfully it’s an ideal cocktail mixer both rye or bourbon however, you understand, at 100 bucks, possibly not. At $30, I’d be throughout this for a Boulevardier. 95 proof. Batch “Fall.” A- / $100 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]
Blue Run Excessive Rye Bourbon 4 Years Previous – 100 barrels, distilled at Fort & Key by Rutledge, as famous above. The mashbill is 65% yellow corn, 30% rye, and 5% malted barley, with #4 alligator charred barrels used for getting older. It’s 4 years previous and destined to see future releases as further barrels mature within the rickhouses. Even Rutledge acknowledges that 4 years makes for an awfully younger bourbon, however the whiskey is surprisingly absolutely fashioned even in its youth. Brilliant notes of cherry and cinnamon make the nostril instantly inviting, tempering any lingering woodshop notes that one tends to seek out in comparatively younger bourbons. The warmth of 55.5% abv isn’t misplaced on the palate, including a racy high quality to the proceedings whereas folding in notes of walnut oil, clove, vibrant toffee, and, in the end, a bit of peanut shell, signifying the bourbon nonetheless has some rising as much as do. Alongside the nutty parts, applesauce lingers on the end. As with all Blue Run releases, the worth is pricey contemplating the age of the spirit, however I used to be shocked by how on level the whiskey is ingesting already, and was in the end left wanting extra. Be careful when this launch hits 8 years of age or so — although I’m positive it’ll run $300-plus by then. 111 proof. Batch “Fall.” A- / $90 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]