This Young Whiskey Was 50 Years in the Making
Pinhook’s new Rye’d On rye whiskey looks to be a reasonable, well-priced addition to the mid-shelf rye market. According to Whisky Advocate, it’s made with a balanced 60 percent rye, 20 percent malted barley, 20 percent corn mashbill, and, though there’s no age statement on the bottle, is only a few years old at most. Why do you care? Rye’d On (many of Pinhook’s expressions are horse puns) is the first whiskey distilled and aged at the legendary Castle & Key Distillery in 48 years.
The facility was built by Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. in 1887, who you may know as part of the Buffalo Trace Distillery’s cabal. It is literally part-castle, and a venue many point to as the beginning of whiskey tourism. It operated from the time of its opening, closed during Prohibition, and reopened again until 1972, when it was abandoned until being bought up and revived by its current proprietors, Will Arvin and Wes Murry.
Bottled at 48.5% ABV and retailing for $38, Pinhook’s Rye’d On is Castle & Key’s first creation since that 1972 shuttering. It’s rolling out now in most markets.
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