Porter’s Small Batch Rye 95 is distilled in Indiana and bottled by Ogden’s Own Distillery in Utah. It is a 95% rye, 5% malted barley mash bill that was aged for three additional years in Utah. The distillery has been around for about 10 years and makes Five Wives Vodka, Madam Pattirini Gin and several flavored whiskeys under the Porter’s label. This is their first straight whiskey they have bottled. The whiskey was 111 proof in the barrel before Ogden’s Own Distillery cut it to 90 proof using their local water. I find the whiskey to be pleasant but a bit thin. I wonder what it would be like at 100 proof.
Their website does not state whether they are making and aging their own whiskey. This is a decent whiskey from MGP. I would like to see what they would make for themselves. They have been distilling long enough to have some aged whiskey. The distillers seem to have decent palates, judging from the flavor profile they chose to source. I would like to see what flavor profile that they could make using their local water source.
Porter’s Small Batch Rye 95
Age: No Age Statement
Nose: Rye grass, vanilla, cherry and date fruit with a hint of oak.
Taste: Thin mouth-feel. Rye grass, vanilla, cinnamon, sweet oak and a small hint of fruit. When tasted with a dried cranberry, some lemon zest comes forward and the whiskey does not seem as thin in the mouth. Tasted with a pecan and once again, the mouth-feel is thicker and some cinnamon spice and oak flavors become stronger.
Finish: Medium long with oak and baking spices. The dried cranberry brings out some citrus notes in the finish while the pecan made the finish very long and dry with oak and cinnamon.
I would pair this rye whiskey with a Jaime Garcia Especial Cigar. I find the smoke to have some earthy notes with some cedar spice and sweet vanilla. I think these flavors will help bring out some of the sweeter notes of the rye whiskey.
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