Full Review

Cadée

Cadée
Cascadia Port Finished Rye Whiskey

Category: Rye Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 43.5%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$52

Cadée
Cascadia Port Finished Rye Whiskey

Category: Rye Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 43.5%
Amber color. Aromas of fennel seed, dill, violet candies, and sweet caramel with a satiny, vibrant, light-to-medium body and a sleek, refreshing, medium-length gingersnap cookies, dark chocolate, caraway, and caramel gelato finish. A palate-lifting Rye that undulates between creamy caramel and bright spices; a joy to sip and mix.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: fennel seed, dill, violet candies, and sweet caramel
Taste Flavor: gingersnap cookies, dark chocolate, caraway, and caramel gelato
Smoothness Smoothness: Smooth
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, neat and on the rocks
Cocktail Cocktails: Paper Plane, Old Fashioned, Manhattan
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A palate-lifting rye that undulates between creamy caramel and bright spices; a joy to sip and mix.

The Producer

Cadée Distillery

The Producer
8912 Hwy 525
Clinton, WA 98236
USA
1 360-969-5565

Their Portfolio

BR Cadée Vodka 40% (USA) $22.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Cadée Bloody Good London Dry Gin 44% (USA) $22.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Cadée Intrigue Gin 44% (USA) $39.00. - Bronze Medal
91 Cadée Epic Sh’t Bourbon Barrel Finished Gin 44% (USA) $42.00.
88 Cadée Cascadia Port Finished Rye Whiskey 43.5% (USA) $52.00.
86 Cadée Medusa American Whiskey 40% (USA) $99.00.
85 Cadée Deceptivus Port Finished Bourbon Whiskey 42.5% (USA) $52.00.
85 Cadée Straight Bourbon Whiskey 42% (USA) $39.00.
86 Cadée Straight Rye Whiskey 42% (USA) $39.00.

Rye Whiskey

Spirits Glass Glencairn Canadian Amber.jpg
Serve in a Glencairn Ganadian Whisky Glass
Rye Whisky must contain a minimum of 51% rye grain, be distilled at less than 80% ABV (160 proof) and be aged for a minimum of two years in new charred barrels. A small amount of straight Rye whiskey is bottled and marketed, but most of the industry production is blended into other whiskies to give them additional character and structure. Canadians frequently refer to their whisky as "Rye," though it is in fact made primarily from corn or wheat.

The Taste: While the best Bourbon is known for a creamy, caramel-like palate, the best Rye whiskey makes its presence known with a spicy, grainy, hard-edged firmness that is distinctive and unique. Usually very dry, with notes of walnut, toasted grain, and black pepper, straight rye has a bold assertive character that has earned it a small but dedicated following among discerning whiskey fans.

The Scotch-Irish immigrant distillers had some exposure to using rye in whiskey production, but for their German immigrant neighbors rye had been the primary grain used in the production of Schnapps and Vodka back in northern Europe. They continued this distilling practice, particularly in Pennsylvania and Maryland, where Rye whiskey, with its distinctive hard-edged, grainy palate, remained the dominant whiskey type well into the 20th century.

Rye whiskey was even more adversely effected by National Prohibition than Bourbon. A generation of consumers weaned on light-bodied and relatively delicate white spirits turned away from the uncompromising, pungent, full-bodied straight Rye whiskies. Production of Rye whiskies had vanished altogether from its Mid-Atlantic homeland by the 1980s. A handful of modern Rye whiskies are currently being made by Bourbon distilleries in Kentucky and Indiana. America’s first indigenous whiskey style is today only barely surviving in the marketplace. Its primary use is for blending to give other whiskies more character and backbone, although a small but vocal group of Rye whisky enthusiasts continue to champion it.