Lyon Maryland Free State Rye
Lyon Distilling Co. // Maryland, USA
Lyon Distilling opened its doors in late 2013. They are producing rum here, but of course, as the distillery is located in Maryland, they are also making rye whiskey. This grain-to glass distillery makes its rye using 55% rye, 35% corn, and 10% 6-row malted barley for its mashbill. After distillation, the whiskey is aged in small (1 gallon), new American oak barrels with a level #3 char for under 1 year. Note, as this product is made in batches, small variances can occur. The sample tasted was from Batch #1.
RyeMash bill at least 51% rye; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"Though there are some fruit aromas found on the nose, it isn't as intense as the grain and herbal notes. Some vanilla is detected, but as you taste the whiskey, the youthful raw character comes through. That said, it is pleasant with a slight bitter chocolate on the finish."