Rieger's Kansas City Whiskey
J. Rieger & Co. // Indiana (bottled in Missouri), USA
J. Rieger & Co. is a distillery that was established in 1887. Long since gone, this brand was resurrected in 2010 by Ryan Maybee, partner at the Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange in Kansas City and Andy Rieger, great-great-great grandson of Jacob Rieger, the original founder. This is sourced whiskey from Indiana and consists of a corn & malt light whiskey and a straight rye, both aged for a minimum of 7 years. To this, 15 year-old oloroso sherry is added not exceeding 2.5% of the volume, a common occurrence in American whiskey in the 1800's, but had fallen out of favor after Prohibition. This is legally allowable under the generic "American whiskey" category.
Other WhiskeyA spirit distilled from a mash of grain(s) at less than 95% ABV, bottled at no less than 40% ABV. The product must have characteristics, taste, and aroma generally attributed to whiskey
"Char smoke, lots of barrel spices, and vanilla maple syrup are the major chords on the nose, but sweet red fruit and a hint of dried grass are playing the minor notes. Initially sweet on the tongue, your senses are soon flooded with spice. The whiskey is a bit lean on the mid-palate, but the finish is pleasant with bitter and sweet notes in harmony with just a splash of red fruit added for good measure. "
Spicy & Sweet
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