Full Review

Cadée

Cadée
Rye Whiskey

Category: Rye Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 42%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$39

Cadée
Rye Whiskey

Category: Rye Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 42%
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of peach marmalade on a toasted muffin, fruit cake, delicate minty spices and herbs, and cedar with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, cheery finish evoking nuances of graham cracker, peppercorns, mocha, and nutskin finish. A dainty, lighter styled sipping rye.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Mild & Spicy
Aroma Aroma: peach marmalade on a toasted muffin, fruit cake, delicate minty spices and herbs, and cedar
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of graham cracker, peppercorns, mocha, and nutskin
Smoothness Smoothness: Tingling
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails and on the rocks
Cocktail Cocktails: Hot Buttered Rum, Old Fashioned, Manhattan
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A dainty, lighter styled sipping rye.

The Producer

Cadée Distillery

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

Their Portfolio

83 Cadée Bourbon Whiskey 42% (USA) $39.00.
89 Cadée Rye Whiskey 42% (USA) $39.00.
90 Cadée Gin 44% (USA) $34.00.
88 Cadée Intrigue Gin 44% (USA) $34.00.
84 Cadée No4 Vodka 40% (USA) $30.00.
93 Cascadia Rye Whiskey Finished in Port Barrels 43.5% (USA) $49.00.
88 Deceptivus Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Port Barrels 42.5% (USA) $49.00.

Rye Whiskey

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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.