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Ragged Branch Rye Review

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Ragged Branch Rye Review

Ragged Branch
Virginia Straight Rye Whiskey
Bottled in Bond
Batch 2 Bottle 891
100 Proof
MSRP: ~$60

Please enjoy my Ragged Branch Rye Review!

Ragged Branch Distillery & Ragged Branch Rye

Ragged Branch Distillery is located near Charlottesville, VA. As a “farm-to-bottle distillery” they grow all their own grain, on land they either own or lease. Their initial whiskeys were bourbons. However, back in 2015 they had an excess of rye and were deciding what to do with it. Master Distiller Dave Pickerell stated what would seem like the clear choice: they should make a rye whiskey! He formulated a mash bill that is a bit unique, being 83% rye and 17% malted barley. So I was interested in finding out what this somewhat unconventional Ragged Branch Virginia Straight Rye Whiskey was like!

Ragged Branch Rye Front Label
Ragged Branch Rye Front Label
Tasting Notes – Ragged Branch Rye

Let’s taste it:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn

👉🏻Nose: Brown sugar sweetness, almost syrupy, apple, but also some deep dark stone fruits; grain, with a little graham cracker feel; rich caramel and burnt caramel; subtle oak; moderate alcohol; the nose overall is reminiscent of a sweet caramel apple
👉🏻Taste: Flavors continue from the nose with apples, brown sugar sweetness, caramel and grains/graham crackers
👉🏻Finish: The sweeter flavors give way to a hop like character that’s floral, spicy, a little bitter and citrusy; similar to some of the rye flavors I might have expected earlier on. The finish becomes more dry, with some oak and char, spiciness that builds, lingering hops like flavors, and a moderate burn.


This is a very enjoyable rye, albeit a bit uncharacteristic. If you’re looking for that dominant spiciness and citrus, you won’t really find it at the forefront here. Instead, there is sweet caramel apple with a noticeable graininess that eventually gives way to a drier, spicier finish, with those characteristic rye flavors becoming more apparent as the sip goes on. However, they are never at all overpowering and are really quite complimentary to the sweeter, fruitier flavors. If these flavors appeal to you, then give Ragged Branch Virginia Straight Rye Whiskey a try! Cheers!🥃

I hope you have enjoyed my Ragged Branch Rye Review! Would you like to read about another unique rye whiskey? Check out my Neeley Sweet Thumped Rye Review!

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