This ultra-popular brand is distilled in Indiana from a mash bill of 95% premium rye and 5% malted barley, which is considerably more than the minimum government standard of 51% rye. After it exits the still, the whiskey is transported to Bardstown, Kentucky where it is aged in new, charred white oak barrels for an average age of between 2 1/2 years to 3 years. It is then filtered and rendered to 46% alcohol (92 proof).
Redemption Rye is a classy whiskey perfectly in step with contemporary tastes. The amber/reddish whiskey has a satiny, lightweight body and a wafting cinnamon, dried fruit, malt, toffee and toasted oak nose. Its aromatics are well worth the price of admission. The entry is spicy warm and immediately expands filling the mouth with the flavors of allspice, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, black cherries and toffee with pronounced rye grain notes. The finish is long, flavorful and decidedly spicy.
Redemption is a traditional style of rye whiskey that deserves being sampled neat, or over a few cubes of ice. The whiskey has sufficient vitality to shine on its own. But as great as it is sipped straight, Redemption Rye is that much better featured in a classic cocktail, such as the Old Fashioned, Sazerac or Manhattan.