The origins of rye whiskey in the United States date back to colonial America, when early European settlers brought with them the tradition of distilling excess grains from their farms into whiskey. For over a century, the production of rye whiskey centered around Pennsylvania and Maryland, where large numbers of Scottish and Irish immigrants had settled. The popularity of rye whiskey grew steadily among the colonists, and when the British blockade of American ports during the American Revolutionary War prevented the importation of rum, rye whiskey became America's drink of choice.
Inspired by America's rich rye heritage, Robert Cooper crafted Lock, Stock & Barrel Limited Release 13 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey. Cooper is a third-generation distiller - his grandfather, Maurice, founded Cooper Brewery in the early 20th century and his father, Sky, worked at a distillery known as Charles Jacquin et Cie.
Lock, Stock & Barrel Limited Release 13 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey is crafted in Pennsylvania - the birthplace of rye whiskey - from 100% rye grains. The rye is grown in the Pacific Northwest, where only grains that exhibit the perfect combination of weight, plumpness and rich, earthy fragrance are harvested. After the grains have been milled and mashed, they are fermented before being distilled through a double copper-pot still. Following distillation, the rye is aged in new, charred American oak casks for 13 years before being bottled at nearly barrel proof (101.3 proof).
As a result of its extra-long maturation, the rye has an aroma of salted caramel, buttered popcorn and toffee. The aroma gives way to complex notes of sweet vanilla, milk chocolate, roasted coffee and honeyed oak, which are nicely balanced with a subtle spicy undertone, and lead a sweet, elegant finish.
Lock, Stock and Barrel Rye Whiskey is a "Whiskeyman's Whiskey." It earned the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2014, and a score of 94 points from the Ultimate Beverage Challenge. Pick up a bottle today!
101.3 (50.65% ABV)
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Aroma of salted caramel, buttered popcorn and toffee. Complex notes of sweet vanilla, milk chocolate, roasted coffee and honeyed oak, which are nicely balanced with a subtle spicy undertone, and lead a sweet, elegant finish.