Rye'd On

This Young Whiskey Was 50 Years in the Making


February 27, 2020 Uncategorized By

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.

Today in Gear

The best way to catch up on the day’s most important product releases and stories. Read the Story
Note: Purchasing products through our links may earn us a portion of the sale, which supports our editorial team’s mission. Learn more here.

Will Price

Will Price is Gear Patrol's home and drinks editor. He's from Atlanta and lives in Brooklyn. He's interested in bourbon, houseplants, cheap Japanese pens, and cast-iron skillets — maybe a little too much.

More by Will Price | Follow on Contact via Email
Sign Up for Gear Patrol Newsletters
Get the best new products, deals,
and stories in your inbox daily.

By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy and to receive email correspondence from us.