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Midway Distilling Rum Finished Rye Review

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Midway Distilling Rum Finished Rye Review
Midway Distilling Company
Colonel Francisco
Rye Whiskey Finished in Rum Barrels
110 Proof
Bluegrass Distillers
$55 at Total Wine in Lexington

Please enjoy my Midway Distilling Rum Finished Rye Review!

Midway Distilling? What do they do?

The Midway Distilling Company represents a new line of finished rye whiskeys from Bluegrass Distillers. The rye itself is distilled by none other than MPG of Lawrenceburg, Indiana. That’s not bad at all, since we know MGP makes a great rye. In fact, the rye whiskey used is the good ‘ol 95/5 rye (that’s 95% rye, 5% malted barley); MGP’s hallmark. The rye is aged 4 years, and is then finished at Bluegrass Distillers, in Lexington, KY, in a variety of different barrels.

Midway Distilling Company? What does that mean?

You might be wondering how the folks at Bluegrass Distillers arrived at the name Midway Distilling for their new line of finished ryes. It turns out that Bluegrass Distillers has outgrown its home on West Sixth St in Lexington, and is in the process of building a new distillery in the town of Midway, Kentucky. Building on an historic property themselves, they were quick to embrace the history of the town. For a brief time, the Midway Distilling Company operated in Midway Kentucky, from 1916-1920 and then burned down in 1924.

Tasting Notes – Midway Distilling Rum Finished Rye

Let’s taste Midway Distilling Rum Finished Rye:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn

👉🏻Nose: Fairly soft, with apple, light raisin, caramel, baking spices, subtle butter & brown sugar; moderate alcohol
👉🏻Taste: Rum, maybe some buttered rum, too; brown sugar sweetness, caramel, raisin & baking spices
👉🏻Finish: Some spiciness develops and oak and barrel char make themselves known. Moderately long finish; moderate burn.


I have tried this rye 3 times now, and I really enjoy it. The rum barrels have a very interesting effect on the MGP rye. It is surprising how the fairly strong spiciness associated with the 95/5 rye is subdued by the rum. But don’t get me wrong; the rum is not at all overpowering. The relatively short finishing time that was used allows for just the right amount of rum flavors to come through. The flavors are very complimentary to, and balanced with the rye, which in my opinion is how finishing should be done.

I hope you enjoyed my Midway Distilling Rum Finished Rye Review! If you are a fan of rye and rum (are you?), then this is one to give a try. Oh – there’s a toy in the package, too! Do you know what it is? Stay tuned! Cheers!🥃

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