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Cascadia

Cascadia
Rye Whiskey Finished in Port Barrels

Category: Rye Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 43.5%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$49

Cascadia
Rye Whiskey Finished in Port Barrels

Category: Rye Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 43.5%
Brilliant amber color. Spicy, grainy aromas and flavors of nut bran cereal, dried dill, carob bar, and leather bound cigar box with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, long herbal honey on pound cake, menthol mint, sandalwood, and turmeric chai finish. An exotically spicy and herbal rye.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Complex, Rich & Spicy
Aroma Aroma: nut bran cereal, dried dill, carob bar, and leather bound cigar box
Taste Flavor: herbal honey on pound cake, menthol mint, sandalwood, and turmeric chai
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: neat, on the rocks, with cigars and in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Hot Toddy, Rocky Mountain Ginger Crisp, Manhattan
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An exotically spicy and herbal 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.