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Blue Run Emerald Rye

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Blue Run
Emerald Rye
Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
Batch: Winter
Proof: 116.7
MSRP: ~$110

Please enjoy our Blue Run Emerald Rye review!

Blue Run Emerald Rye Is A Blend Of Ryes

Blue Run Spirits recently released their second rye, Blue Run Emerald Rye. Golden Rye, which I have reviewed previously, was their first. In contrast to the Golden Rye, Emerald Rye was contract distilled by Blue Run Liquid Advisor Jim Rutledge at Castle & Key Distillery. In addition, Emerald Rye is bottled at barrel proof whereas Golden Rye was bottled at 95 proof. Interestingly, not all of the barrels used in Emerald Rye were aged on Castle & Key’s property; some were aged elsewhere in Frankfort and in Bardstown. Lastly, Blue Run used three different rye mash bills to make Emerald Rye.

According to their press release: “Emerald, a limited collection, was crafted from just 189 barrels and embraces the distinct, spicy characteristics of Rye Whiskey, yet with the approachability and depth of a fine Bourbon. Blue Run Whiskey Director Shaylyn Gammon expertly blended Emerald to highlight a myriad of Blue Run’s favorite flavor characteristics.”

Tasting Notes

Let’s taste it:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn

👉🏻Nose: Rye bread & rye spices, cedar; fruit, like apple and apricot; caramel and vanilla in the background, and even some light floral notes arrive later, once I am acclimated. Alcohol is fairly mild for the proof
👉🏻Taste: The fruits continue; there’s a brown sugar almost syrupy sweetness, cedar, rye spices and developing spiciness; and, dare I say, anise?
👉🏻Finish: Both black pepper and capsaicin spice rapidly build and linger for a good long time. There’s a bit of barrel char, too. The fruit, sweetness and anise linger, with the anise hanging on by its finger tips til the end, and becoming more noticeable with every sip.

A Very Complex Rye

Blue Run Emerald Rye is quite complex, presumably due to the different mash bills, aging locations and, of course, the blending. The flavors change quite a bit the more time I spend with it. The nose starts with rye bread and rye spices, cedar and some fruit, such as apple and apricot. Later on, other flavors such as vanilla, caramel and even a floral note, possibly roses, become noticeable. The same occurs with the taste and finish. The complexity really comes out more and more with each sip, as I become acclimated to the initial flavors.


I am really enjoying this rye. It has a very pleasant complexity of flavors not usually found in ryes, making it quite unique. Like all Blue Run whiskeys since the original 13-14 year old bourbons, the price is on the high side for their age, so it becomes a personal choice what something is worth. Price aside, this would definitely be one that I would enjoy having on my shelf. Have you tried Blue Run Emerald Rye? What did you think? Cheers!🥃

We hope you have enjoyed our Blue Run Emerald Rye review! Next, read about its predecessor in our Blue Run Golden Rye review. Or, read about a one of their bourbons in our Blue Run High Rye Bourbon Review!

Blue Run Spirits provided this sample for our review. Thank you! As per our policy, this in no way influenced my review. (photo credit: Blue Run Spirits)

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