Old World Spirits "Goldrun" California Rye Whiskey 375ml

SKU #1079696

Finally, after almost a year of hype, local Belmont distiller Davorin Kuchan is ready to release his 100% white organic rye whiskey, giving California its first real home-made option since Old Potrero. The Goldrun is about one year old, but already has a complexity and depth of flavor that put it much further beyond many of its upstart peers. Spicy, peppery, and full of bready yeast, there's perhaps not another whiskey out there that tastes more like actual rye bread. Getting the yeast to fully ferment the rye was a challenge (which is why most distilleries add some barley and opt out of the 100% recipe), but the result was worth the effort. Davorin has always been an eau-de-vie distiller, so the purity of the rye was more important than say the vanilla from the wood. The question now is will there be enough to supply local demand? Rye whiskey has already been short in supply this year, so the appetite is definitely there. Luckily, our close relationship with Davorin has allowed us to get to it first! These half-bottles allow us to package what is an expensive and labor-intensive process into something more affordable for the consumer. Grab one, get a glass, sit back and sip some local rye whiskey made just down the street! Supply is limited. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/21/2011 | Send Email
You want rye? I mean, REALLY? ‘Cause this is about the most faithful evocation of the grain in spirituous form I have yet had the opportunity to taste. It is like they did an eau de vie of the it. The only rye whiskey on the market that I can say it somewhat resembles is Anchor’s Old Potrero bottlings, which also happen to have a 100% rye mash bill and hail from the San Francisco bay area. Still, the Gold Run is very much in a class by itself. There’s a compelling natural sweetness, absent from the vast majority of rye whiskeys currently on the market, that has very little to do with the oak aging, which in this case is minimal. I find this excellent, if highly unusual. So dominant is the grain’s flavor that it punches clear through the other ingredients in a manhattan or a sazerac, announcing its presence with scarcely diminished gusto: “I gotta be me!” Rye whiskey fiends (mea culpa) will definitely want to give this a try.

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Alcohol Content (%): 45