Rossville Union Bottled in Bond Rye Review (2023)

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Ross & Squibb Distillery (MGP) recently announced the release of the newest member of the Rossville Union Rye family - Rossville Union Bottled in Bond Rye. It's aged 6 years and made from a unique mash bill of 51% rye and 49% barley malt. So, what's it like? Read our full review to find out!

Rossville Union
Bottled in Bond
Straight Rye Whiskey
6 Years Aged
Ross & Squibb Distillery
100 Proof
MSRP: $49.99 (700ml)
Review

Please enjoy our Rossville Union Bottled in Bond Rye Review by Ray Marcano!

A rye lover’s dream that bourbon drinkers will find approachable, all at a reasonable price

History

From the Ross & Squibb website:

Ross & Squibb Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, began life as the Rossville Distillery in 1847 by George Ross and is one of America’s last Prohibition-era distilleries. The underground aquifer that produces limestone-filtered water gave the rye whiskey a pure, unique taste. During Prohibition, George Remus was based in Cincinnati. He was within 200 miles of every shuttered whiskey warehouse in the country, including just 30 miles from Rossville Distillery. He even had warehousing grounds on the current-day property. Seagram bought Rossville Distillery in 1933. After a few more owners, MGP bought the distillery in 2011 and after merging with – acquiring Luxco in 2021, the name was changed to Ross & Squibb.

Tasting Notes – Rossville Union Bottled in Bond Rye Review

Let’s taste it:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn glass

👉🏻Nose: Leather, chocolate, dark malt, mocha

👉🏻Taste: Pepper, vanilla, light rye, cinnamon, nuts

👉🏻Finish: Mocha, cinnamon, cardamom, malt

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Summary

In a blind test, the Rossville Union Bottled in Bond Rye would not come off as a rye. That’s due to the product’s composition — 51% rye & 49% malted barley. All of that barley cuts the rye properties on the nose and taste. That’s no surprise since the enzymes in barley produce the carbs that eventually turn to alcohol. Barley gives bourbon that deep, chocolate, nutty taste, and that’s what you get here. It isn’t until the finish that you go, “Oh, that’s a rye,” but a lighter, tasty, and appealing one.

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Conclusion – Rossville Union Bottled in Bond Rye Review

This six-year-aged, 100-proof bottled-in bond product is the rare rye that whiskey connoisseurs will fall for while the chocolate, nutty, mocha flavors will appeal to bourbon drinkers, And it’s at a great price. I normally review the ryes and then give them away. Not this one. Grab one if you can because Ross & Squibb will only release 18,000 bottles nationwide.

Have you tried the Rossville Union Bottled in Bond Straight Rye Whiskey? What do you think?

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