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Please enjoy our Kentucky Owl The Wiseman Rye Review!
Kentucky Owl’s initial The Wiseman release, back in September 2021, was a bourbon. However, they released The Wiseman Rye more recently, in April 2022.
Kentucky Owl Was Founded in 1879
Charles Mortimer Dedman originally founded Kentucky Owl way back in 1879. However, when prohibition came along, it all came to an end. According to Kentucky Owl’s website, the government seized 250,000 gallons of Kentucky Owl whiskey and placed it in a warehouse. As the story goes, this warehouse caught fire and burned to the ground. However, it was suspected that the whiskey had already been removed to be sold in illicit speakeasies.
Dixon Dedman Revives The Brand
Dixon Dedman, great-grandson of Charles, revived the Kentucky Owl brand, and released their first whiskey back in 2014. Since that time, the Stoli Group acquired the brand in 2017, and has most recently launched The Wiseman line of bourbon and rye. The Wiseman Bourbon and Rye Whiskeys are blended by Master Blender John Rhea. So what are they like?
Tasting Notes – Kentucky Owl The Wiseman Rye
Let’s taste it:
🛌 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn
👉Nose: Rye spices, rye bread, cherry candy, dark plums & caramel; moderate alcohol
👉Taste: Caramel, honey and rye spices up front, with rye bread appearing later on
👉Finish: The flavors continue into the finish. However, capsaicin spice with a bit of cinnamon soon replace them. The finish is quite long, with a moderate burn.
The Wiseman Rye is made from a mash bill using 95% rye. However, it has many bourbon characteristics making it a bit of a conundrum on the nose. It has notes of cherry candy, dark plums and caramel, but yet there is rye spice and rye bread in there as well. The taste is the same, with components of both bourbon and rye, however the longer I sip it, flavors such as rye bread become more noticeable.
A Very Enjoyable Rye
I am enjoying The Wiseman Rye from Kentucky Owl quite a bit. However, don’t let that 95% rye mash bill fool you. It’s a quite different rye from the ones from Indiana which are made with a similar mash bill. I’m not sure where The Wiseman Rye’s flavors all come from, but I am happy to have them! Give it a try and see for yourself! Cheers!🥃
Thank you to Kentucky Owl for graciously providing the rye for this review!
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