Aged for a minimum of two years, each of these whiskies represents a unique expression of American whiskey.
Prior to Prohibition, rye whiskey was the staple ingredient of classic cocktails such as the Old Fashioned, the Manhattan and the Whiskey Sour. Spicier and more robust than malt whisky, rye was so popular that George Washington distilled it at his estate in Mount Vernon. As distilleries across the country were forced to close their doors due to Prohibition, however, bootleggers began distilling gin instead of rye, and for good reason — gin didn't require aging under the watchful eye of a master distiller and its true flavors could be hidden behind a mask of botanicals. As Americans grew accustomed to gin, rye whiskey became an anachronism.
Nearly 100 years after Prohibition, the preferred whiskey of the saloon era is experiencing a resurgence. By law, rye whiskey must be made from a mash of at least 51% rye. Rye that has been aged in charred, new oak barrels for at least two years earns the title "straight rye whiskey". Redemption Straight Rye Whiskey is made from a mash of 95% rye and 5% malted barley, giving it a bold and spicy flavor that can be enjoyed neat or in any cocktail. Once the rye has aged for a minimum of two years, it is brought to proof and bottled immediately in order to ensure that the barrel notes of cinnamon, oak, and dried fruits complement the bold notes of rye. Redemption Rye earned a Silver Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and earned the title "Best New Spirit"at the 2012 Tales of Cocktail competition.
Redemption High-Rye Straight American Bourbon Whiskey is made from a mash of 60% corn, 38.2% rye and 1.8% malted barley. Much like Redemption Rye, it is aged for a minimum of two years in new, charred American oak casks before being brought to proof and bottled by hand. It has notes of sweet caramel, dried fruits and toffee, which complement hints of cinnamon and spicy rye.
Temptation Straight Bourbon Whiskey is made from a mash of 75% corn, 20% rye and 5% malted barley. Much like Redemption Rye and Redemption Bourbon, Temptation Bourbon is aged for a minimum of two years in new, charred American oak casks before being brought to proof and bottled by hand. As a result of having more corn as compared to Redemption Bourbon, Temptation Bourbon has a sweeter flavor profile and includes notes of vanilla, coconut and bananas that lead to long, satisfying finish.
Redemption Rye, Redemption Bourbon and Temptation Bourbon represent three unique expressions of American whiskies at an incredible value. Pick up all three today!
Redemption: 92 (46% ABV) Temptation: 82 (46% ABV)
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Rye: Aroma of citrus, dark fruits and cedar. Notes of cinnamon, oak, and dried fruits complement bold notes of rye and lead to a warming finish.
High-Rye Bourbon: Aroma of butterscotch, cinnamon and creamy vanilla. Notes of sweet caramel, dried fruits and toffee, which complement hints of cinnamon and spicy rye.
Bourbon: Aroma of vanilla, toffee and chocolate. Notes of coconut, bananas and fruit, along with touches of roasted corn and buttery biscuits that lead to a sweet, long finish.