Woodcock Pennsylvania Straight Rye Whiskey
Woodcock Pennsylvania Maple Rye Whiskey is made from all Pennsylvania grains. Our mashbill consists of 78% Danko Rye, 6% Wapsie Valley Corn, 11% Malted Rye, and 5% Malted Barley. This whiskey is then aged in new, 53-gallon white oak barrels with a #4 char for a minimum of 2 years. The nose conveys the impression of lavender, mint, and butterscotch On the palate, expect floral and earthy notes, with accents of brown sugar and black peppercorn.
Information & History
Unlike Bourbon, Rye whiskey can be made anywhere in the world. However, to be labeled rye in the United States it must adhere to certain rules.
It must be made from a fermented mash of at least 51% rye grain.
Like bourbon, it must be distilled to no more than 80% ABV and proofed down to enter the barrel at no more than 62.5% ABV.
It must be matured in new charred-oak containers and bottled at a minimum of 40% ABV.
Flavor-wise, bourbon tends to be sweeter and has an oilier mouthfeel than rye due to its high corn content. Common flavor notes in bourbon include vanilla, caramel, nuts, oak, dark fruit, chocolate, and mild spice.
Rye whiskey’s flavor profile can vary considerably depending on its overall rye content. A minimum-51% rye, like those traditionally made by the big Kentucky distilleries, will taste quite similar to bourbon. But 100% rye—a style that often comes from Canada—typically has rich spice and herbal notes, enhanced by flavors derived from barrel aging such as vanilla and oak.