About Rough Rider The Big Stick Cask Strength Rye Whisky
In 1898, Teddy Roosevelt — a Long Island native — organized the First United States Volunteer Cavalry, commonly known as the "Rough Riders," in preparation for the Spanish-American War. The regiment comprised 1,250 volunteers from across the country, including cowboys, Native Americans and other pioneers of the West.
After seeing action in Cuba, the Rough Riders earned a decisive victory at the Battle of San Juan Hill before returning to Long Island. Upon their return, the soldiers celebrated their victory and presented Colonel Roosevelt with a small bronze statue of a cowboy riding a bucking horse. "There could have been no more appropriate gift from such a regiment," wrote Roosevelt later. "Most of them looked upon the bronze with the critical eyes of professionals. I doubt if there was any regiment in the world which contained so large a number of men able to ride the wildest and most dangerous horses."
Crafted by Long Island Spirits, Rough Rider “The Big Stick” Cask Strength Rye Whiskey pays homage to Roosevelt’s First United States Volunteer Cavalry, and reminds us of the President’s old foreign policy adage, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” The whiskey is crafted from 100% Long Island winter rye, which is planted on local farms to maintain the sustainable characteristics of the soils following the harvesting of Long Island’s iconic potatoes. Aged in 30-gallon American oak barrels, Rough Rider “The Big Stick” Cask Strength Rye Whiskey is micro-blended from just eight barrels before being bottled at 121 proof.
Rough Rider “The Big Stick” Cask Strength Rye Whiskey has an aroma of toasted rye bread, marmalade and cinnamon sugar, which leads to notes of malt chocolate and chile peppers on the palate. The finish is a touch warm and very smooth.
"It's part of the pioneer spirit to try to do something by putting your own signature on it," says Richard Stabile, Long Island Spirits’ founder and master distiller.
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