About Town Branch Rye Whiskey
The origins of rye whiskey in the United States date back to colonial Pennsylvania, where 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, however, 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.
Nearly 100 years after Prohibition, the preferred whiskey of the saloon era is experiencing a resurgence, even in Kentucky, where bourbon still reigns supreme. Made by Town Branch Distillery, the newest distillery on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Town Branch Rye Whiskey is made from 55% rye, 30% corn and 15% malted barley. Distilled through dual copper pot stills, the whiskey is then aged for approximately four years before being bottled at 100 proof.
Town Branch Rye Whiskey has a spicy, floral aroma which leads to notes of pepper, oak and vanilla on the palate. The finish is long and complex, with an earthiness accented by notes of caramel and candy corn.
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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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