Minor Case Rye Review

May 27, 2023
David Sunnyside

This rye is finished in Sherry Casks giving it a unique and enjoyable flavour. This rye is soft and smooth with a well-integrated profile of sweet sherry notes, hints of caramel and dried fruits with a hint of spice on the finish. It’s a great whiskey to introduce the rye category to someone new or to a person who is used to sherry finished whiskies from Europe.

This is a 2 year old straight rye from Limestone Branch that has been aged in Sherry casks that were once used by Meier’s winery for their #44 Sherry Cream. This gives the whiskey a unique character that sets it apart from similar sourced ryes on the market.

The nose is very subtle with buttery corn and young rye grain along with sweet summer fruit and floral notes. There is a slight ethanol burn on the entry but it is quickly overtaken by sherry notes. It’s very smooth on the palate with syrupy corn sweetness, a hint of caramel and sherry notes that give it an almost port-like flavor. The finish is very smooth and long with rye spices, hints of pepper and a lingering touch of sherry.

This is a very good, everyday whiskey that will stand out on any shelf. It’s very easy to drink and it does a great job of separating itself from the other sourced ryes on the market. Although it is a sourced whiskey it still has the Beam’s stamp on it which makes it worth trying if you are a fan of the Yellowstone brand.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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