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Hunting Creek Straight Rye Whiskey - Review

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Hunting Creek

Straight Rye Whiskey


Aged a minimum of 4 Years

Distilled, Aged and Bottled by Southern Distilling Company

Statesville, North Carolina

50% Alc/Vol / 100 Proof

Mashbill: 51% Rye / 39% Corn / 10% Malted Barley

Price: $50

Poured Neat in a Glencairn

Appearance: Amber

Nose: Sweet Cream, Honey, Dark Fruits, Baking Spices, Sprig of Mint

Palate: Warm Flakey Pastry, Baking Spices, Creamy Caramel, Cherry and Plum

Finish: Medium Lingered Black and White Pepper Spice with an excellent viscosity

Overall: What can I say that I haven't already about Southern Distilling and their delicious offerings? This Hunting Creek is another fine release in an already fantastic portfolio. A true "bourbon drinker's rye" with plenty of sweetness on the nose and palate, but also a great deal of spice. If I were to recommend a Straight Rye Whiskey to a newer whiskey drinker that's curious about Rye, this would be towards the top of the list. Easy sipping and delicious flavors also provide a beautiful compliment to a medium to full-bodied cigar.

Directly from the Southern Distilling Press Release:

"North Carolina’s whiskey history is as long as the Catawba River, and Southern Distilling Company continues to reignite that rich tradition with the launch of Hunting Creek Straight Rye Whiskey, a bottled-in-bond release that commemorates a celebrated rye whiskey sold at the turn of the century. Southern Distilling Company founders Pete and Vienna Barger hope to introduce more whiskey lovers to North Carolina’s storied distilling legacy with Hunting Creek Straight Rye Whiskey, as it debuts this month.

“Since we founded Southern Distilling Company in 2013, our goal has always been to highlight the state’s long — and sometimes overlooked — history in whiskey making,” Pete said. “The original Celebrated Old Hunting Creek Rye Whiskey was shipped across our early nation using Statesville’s rail lines before being lost to Prohibition. We first distilled and barreled this product in 2018 and we’re thrilled to share it, and the story behind it, with whiskey lovers everywhere.”

In the late 1800s, hundreds of federally licensed farm distilleries surrounded the Statesville region and supported the major rectification companies that were shipping spirits out on the rail lines along the East coast. Prohibition hit Statesville early in 1903, shutting down a robust industry — but the spirit lived on. Inspired by the heritage, tradition, and ingenuity of Statesville, Southern Distilling Company obtained the Hunting Creek trademark and set out to restore another piece of local heritage."

As I mention to everyone that visits the Library, EVERY BOTTLE TELLS A STORY - and I'm proud to help share the history of this new release!

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Library Rating: 8.3 / 10


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