About Masterson's 10 Year Old Rye Whiskey Barrel Finished in French Oak
Born on November 26, 1853, William "Bat" Masterson left his family farm in Henryville as a teenager in order to become a buffalo hunter. After a few years hunting buffalo, Masterson became a scout for the United States Army. By the age of 24, he had moved to Kansas and was elected sheriff of Ford County.
In 1879, Bat was voted out of office and spent the next several years making a living as a professional gambler and saloon owner. During this time, Masterson was said to have avenged the deaths of his two brothers with the help of his famous revolver, which was nicknamed "the gun that tamed the West." By the time he passed away in 1921, Masterson had done it all, and done it all well.
Masterson’s is produced at Alberta Distillers in Canada, and owned by Deutsch Family Distillers. This ten-year-old is one of three Masterson’s expressions along with a 12-year-old wheat and a 10-year-old barley expression. The brand gets its name from Bat Masterson, an American bastion of butch.
Masterson's Rye Whiskey 10 Year French Oak is made from 100% rye grains. The rye is grown in the verdant Pacific Northwest, and 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 with inoculated, dry yeast, which helps give Masterson's Rye its unique flavor profile. The wash is then distilled through pot stills, before being aged for 10 years and finished in French oak. This rye is sweet and malty on the nose with flavors of fresh fruits, and grassy notes.
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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.
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