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Darius Rucker gained fame as the frontman of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish during the 80s and 90s. He then launched his solo career as a country artist, garnering numerous awards over the past 2 decades ― including 3 Grammy awards. It was during his time on the road that a tradition with the band formed. Before each show, the members, crew, and friends would toast to the music and camaraderie. "That toast is a vital part of our nightly routine. It’s really about celebrating the opportunity to make music together. And Backstage Southern Whiskey is now a part of that important ritual that we can share with fans," says Rucker. What started as a pre-show ritual led to the creation of 843 Whiskey LLC and the Backstage Southern Whiskey brand.
A threesome of whiskeys is now gathered under the Backstage banner: the Backstage Southern Rye Whiskey, the Backstage Cinnapepper Whiskey, and the Backstage Peach Mint Whiskey. Developer with 843 Whiskey partners, the whiskey is crafted at the Palmetto Distillery, a micro distillery from South Carolina. Built on a rich tradition of moonshiners, the distillery makes craft spirits using recipes handed down from generation to generation on a copper still. Backstage Southern Rye Whiskey is an 84.3-proof craft blend that is bound to please Rucker's as well as rye whiskey fans alike.
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As American as the bald eagle, rye whiskey was first brewed in the American Northeast in the 1600s. Even George Washington distilled it after leaving the Oval Office, so there’s no way of denying its origin. It’s distinguished from bourbon for its original and unique spicy notes.
By law, rye whiskey must be made from at least 51% rye grain, aged in new and charred oak barrels for at least two years, and bottled at no more than 62,5% ABV.
The nose opens with caramel, spice, oak, and hints of smoke. It's sweet on the palate with brown sugar, honey, rye bread, vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, and clove. The finish is pleasantly sweet and smooth with lingering spice.