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Rossville Union is a straight rye whiskey in Luxco’s rising class of home manufacturers is and produced out of Lawrenceburg, Indiana. If this makes you assume MGP, you’ll be proper. Luxco just lately renamed the producer of its home branded spirits Ross & Squibb Distillery, previously included beneath the general MGP distillery umbrella. (MGP continues to provide beneath contract for different manufacturers.) Drew gives extra of the backstory to the renaming in his evaluate of Alias Straight Rye Whiskey, so let’s simply bounce proper to the most recent providing.
Rossville Union’s Barrel Proof Rye is an annual, restricted launch and un-diluted expression of their core straight rye whiskey. The 2022 Barrel Proof options “a medley of straight-rye mash payments” from 82 chosen barrels, clocks in at 117.2 proof and encompasses a 7 12 months previous age assertion for the primary time. Drinkhacker first explored the barrel proof in 2018 and located the whiskey onerous to place down. Let’s see how 2022 compares.
The nostril is a luscious mint-accented, rum-drenched, raisin bread pudding. On the palate, a juicy explosion of extra mint and cherry cola, as semi-sweet chocolate-covered almonds unfolds and finishes with what can solely be described as a movie-theater mashup of Junior Mints and Raisinettes. The references might recommend a confectionary stage of sweetness to the expertise, however the fitting contact of oak all through the palate and end retains the drink from changing into oversweet and brings some gravitas to the spice stage.
On reflection between the 2018 and 2022 releases, Rossville Union Rye Whiskeys are displaying themselves to be an distinctive and formidable assortment of ryes, with consistency within the richness of its baking spice and vanilla traits, whereas providing totally different dials of the element candy and spice base notes to make it an interesting pour from begin to end, and positively one to be careful for yearly. All advised, it’s a extremely pleasant and masterfully blended pour throughout, and an unbelievable worth at $70 to $80 a bottle.