Nose: Nutmeg, cream custard, toffee, honey, grapefruit zest
Palate: Thinner than expected, cardamom, cinnamon. licorice, allspice, blackberries and elderberry
Finish: Dry, lingering, toasted oak, menthol, oak tannins, honey
I always had a fondness for high rye bourbons as I enjoy the spicy nature of rye, which makes bourbons a little bit more fun in my humble opinion. So this Redemption 10 Year Old Barrel Proof High Rye Bourbon had me very intrigued.
How Does It Taste?
Redemption 10-Year-Old Barrel Proof High Rye Bourbon has a mash bill of 60% corn, 36% rye, and 4% malted barley. Whiskey is sourced from MGP in Indiana and I don't find it necessary to tell about rye quality coming from them. The whiskey is aged for 10 years and bottled at a cask strength of 114.4 proof.
What I get from the nose instantly are nutmeg and cream custard. Then toffee, honey, grapefruit zest and raspberries join. Oak spices and toasted oak opens up in a couple of minutes. The palate is thinner than I expected from the proof. It has a sweet quality as I have experienced with their 9 year old barrel proof bourbon. It dissolves pretty quick and turns into a spicy whiskey with licorice, cinnamon, allspice. As it progresses cardamom, blackberries are felt with elderberry traces.
The Finish is dry and long with toasted oak, tannins, menthol and honey.
It is really nice to try an MGP product at this proof with no strings. A great whiskey with balanced flavors and aromas that creates a flow between passages. Sweetness is so well integrated with this whiskey, I cannot hold myself to get more.
High complexity, luscious bourbon with great proof. It is a must-buy item for those high rye lovers!