Tom's Foolery Single Barrel #127 Cask Strength Ohio Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml)

SKU #1312197

We already know that Tom and Lianne Herbruck make incredible Bourbon and spectacular Apple Jack, but their most exciting product might just be the Rye Whiskey. Our first barrel of Rye from Tom's Foolery was bottled in bond distilled from rye, malted rye, corn and a tiny dash of malted barley. That was an experimental mash bill and this one is equally unique. Our first might arguably be described as a Kentucky style rye mash bill; we wanted to explore the something that might alluded to the original home of the special stills that created this whiskey, PA. The distillery in Schaefferstown where these stills came from is well east of the Monongahela River valley where the great whiskey of the same name ruled over nearly all others it. Still it cranked out some killer rye since the 1850s. Monongahela existed thanks to hundreds of small scale farm distillers across Pennsylvania and Maryland and would have easily been the most popular and expensive whiskey in the US before prohibition. Now at Tom's Foolery, they're about as close to those old farm distillers as anyone in the states today. This awesome whiskey was distilled from 70% local winter rye and 30% malted Canadian rye. After souring and mashing in cooker #2 and four days in their cypress fermenters, it was distilled on Dec 10th, 2012. The distillation yielded 36.4 gal of pure magic at 159.8 proof. Cut to 109.8 proof for barrel entry in a Cooper's Select Char 4. This whiskey is 4.5 years old and bottled at cask strength.

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2017 | Send Email
This monstrous whiskey maybe the best we've ever had from Tom and Lianne. The full rye mashbill and slow pot still distillation have produced some sort of sensory neutron bomb. The big bold nose is filled with fresh mint, dried fruit, Christmas cake and cocoa nibs. As it opens the baking spice becomes more prominent and the mint as well. It's forestry and almost piney, but not herbal to the point of being anis-like. The entry is racy and generous, with the spicy oak and powerful rye battling for dominance. The texture is unparalleled at full strength, such that it envelopes the mouth like a steal trap. It won't let go. You've just got to accept your fate. This is exactly what I imagine whisky in the old days was like. A truly unique eye opening experience. Why can't all craft whiskey be like this?

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Alcohol Content (%): 55.55