Wine Enthusiast 90 points - A little aeration time coaxes out a mellow vanilla scent. As with its Bourbon counterpart, this rye is aged in American oak casks, then finished in “white-wine seasoned French oak barrels.” The result is a soft feel and honeyed fruit notes spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.
Rye Whiskey is the quintessential American whiskey. At the turn of the last century, distilleries flourished in the east especially in Western Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York. Rye was the grain of choice, as it made light, spicy whisky that was fabulous neat, or in a cocktail the original Manhattan recipe calls for Rye…think sweet and spicy.
When Prohibition became the law of the land in 1920, most of the distilleries that made rye whiskey were forced to shut down. Spirit production moved underground, and corn was widely utilized, as it was abundant and cheap. Corn whiskey became the new normal, and Rye was largely forgotten, except when depicted in Hollywood westerns -no self-respecting cowboy would be caught dead drinking anything else!
Today top-quality American Rye is being demanded by whiskey drinkers once again, and Filibuster is making sure their voices are heard! We blend small batches of traditionally-crafted spicy young rye whiskey with a bit of barrel aged bourbon for balance, and let ‘em talk it out for a few months in wine-seasoned French oak casks before bottling. The result is our Dual Cask Rye a unique whiskey that showcases Ryes firey spice, but is uncommonly smooth going down. This unique process takes more time, and cost more money, but we think the results speak for themselves. Filibuster: Be Heard!
|Filibuster began in 2013, with the idea of offering discerning Spirits consumers a creative alternative to larger production brands. Whether Rye or Bourbon, the traditional aging process for American Whiskey has long been resting distillate a few years in charred new American oak barrels, and going directly into the bottle. Contrast this approach with Scotland, where cooperage of all types and ages have been embraced for centuries, and the case for exploring alternative wood in American Whiskey becomes clear.
Our “Dual Cask” method combines the long-held tradition of new American oak aging with the avant - garde approach of a shorter, secondary aging period in Wine-seasoned French oak. We work with some of the best known wineries in California, including Ramey, Trefethen, Ladera & Cobblestone, and utilize the aromatic and flavor profile of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon to achieve a very unique finish - what we call the “Dual Cask Difference”. Our Rye is spicy, yet velvety smooth, our Bourbon is rich, with an unexpected aromatic complexity.