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  • Dark Horse Barrel Strength Reunion Rye Whiskey
  • Dark Horse Barrel Strength Reunion Rye Whiskey
  • Dark Horse Barrel Strength Reunion Rye Whiskey

Dark Horse Barrel Strength Reunion Rye Whiskey

This barrel-strength rye is aged up to two years and made from a mashbill of 100% local rye grains.

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"The name Dark Horse came to us because we knew we had a long road ahead of us when we started the distillery," says Damien Garcia, Dark Horse Distillery's Director of Sales. "We saw tons of liquor brands being launched and lining the shelves of stores, bars and restaurants and knew that it was going to be an uphill battle to get people to know that our brand really stood for quality. The term "˜Dark Horse"spoke to us as that horse that started in the back of the pack, but came on strong. That's what we think our brand does, too."

Dark Horse Reunion Rye is made from a mash of 100% rye grains that are sourced from local farms in the American Midwest. The rye is milled and mashed before being fermented for five to six days. "We have ten fermenters, so we can have ten fermentations going at once," says Garcia. Once fermentation is complete, the rye is distilled through Dark Horse's copper-pot still.

Following distillation, Dark Horse Reunion Rye is matured in new, American oak casks. "The key to aging whiskey is actually the wood and the changes in temperature," says Garcia. "In here, the temperature gets as low as 50 degrees and as hot as 100 degrees,"he says of the barrel-house. "That fluctuation of temperature helps the wood expand and contract. What that does is force the whiskey inside to interact with the wood." Once the rye has matured for up two years, special barrels are then selected by Dark Horse’s Artisan Distillers to be bottled by hand, uncut and unfiltered, at 113.2 proof, creating Dark Horse Barrel Strength Reunion Rye.

Dark Horse Barrel Strength Reunion Rye has a rich aroma of caramel, maple syrup and breakfast cereal. Notes of cinnamon and ginger initially dominate the palate, and give way to bold notes of rye bread, clove and melted butter. The finish is smooth and defined, with touches of spicy rye, worn leather and black pepper.

Dark Horse Barrel Strength Reunion Rye earned an 86 point rating from Whisky Advocate in 2015, as well as a Gold Medal from the American Craft Distillers Association Craft Spirits Judging.

A limited number of these brand-new, barrel-strength bottles are available through Caskers. Pick one up today!

Rich aroma of caramel, maple syrup and breakfast cereal. Notes of cinnamon and ginger initially dominate the palate, and give way to bold notes of rye bread, clove and melted butter. Finish is smooth and defined, with touches of spicy rye, worn leather and black pepper.

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