High Rye. Batch No. 041, Bottle No. 421 Prior to Prohibition, rye whiskey was the staple ingredient of classic cocktails such as the Old Fashioned, the Manhattan and the Whiskey Sour. Spicier and more robust than malt whisky, rye was so popular that George Washington distilled it at his estate in Mount Vernon. As distilleries across the country were forced to close their doors due to Prohibition, however, bootleggers began distilling gin instead of rye, and for good reason gin didn't require aging under the watchful eye of a master distiller and its true flavors could be hidden behind a mask of botanicals. As Americans grew accustomed to gin, rye whiskey became an anachronism.
Nearly 100 years after Prohibition, the preferred whiskey of the saloon era is experiencing a resurgence. By law, rye whiskey must be made from a mash of at least 51% rye. Rye that has been aged in charred, new oak barrels for at least two years earns the title "straight rye whiskey" Redemption Straight Rye Whiskey is made from a mash of 95% rye and 5% malted barley, giving it a bold and spicy flavor that can be enjoyed neat or in any cocktail. Once the rye has aged for a minimum of two years, it is brought to proof and bottled immediately in order to ensure that the barrel notes of cinnamon, oak, and dried fruits complement the bold notes of rye.