Leopold Bros. Maryland-Style Rye
Leopold Bros. // Colorado, USA
In the 1800’s there were two categories of rye: Pennsylvania Rye, also known as Monongahela, and Maryland Rye. Pennsylvania Rye highlights a nearly pure rye mashbill which produces a dry and spicy whiskey. Maryland Rye-style sets out to produce a softer rye whiskey with more subdued spice and rounder subtler flavors. It is produced with a mashbill around 65% rye. Leopold Bros. are one of the very few distilleries that are currently producing a Maryland-style rye. In keeping with pre-Prohibition styles, their rye whiskey is barreled at 98 proof before being aged for just over 4 years and bottled at 86 proof.
RyeMash bill at least 51% rye; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"The wood is notably light on the nose which allows the depth of the whiskey to really shine through. Aromas of baking spice, fennel, orange zest, and faint notes of eucalyptus and strawberries follow next. Upfront the flavors on the palate display a youthful spirit that has a nice mouth-feel for its age. Flavors of vanilla, cooked sugars, bright citrus and berries are then followed by Baker’s cocoa, clove, cinnamon, and a peppery and smoky rye spice. The finish rounds out this nuanced style of rye with a lingering vanilla and chocolate-covered berry sweetness that simply won’t let you forget this special dram."