K & L

Made From: Distilled From At Least 51% Rye
Origin: Baltimore, Md. U.S.A.
Proof: 86
Age: 7
Importer: Made In The U.S.A.
Location: Baltimore, Md.

Standard Distillers bottled rye was distilled by Majestic and sold under the Pikesville label. Its slogan, which dated to 1937, was “Pikesville, the aristocrat of Maryland straight rye whiskies, more popular today than ever.”

Andrew W. Merle Sr., who had been with Meyer, Pitts Co., bottlers and wholesalers of rye before Prohibition, went back into the business when he established Standard Distillers. He was later joined by his son, Andrew W. Merle Jr., who had graduated from the University of Virginia and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Standard offered three varieties of Pikesville that it began bottling in 1936.

Basic Pikesville was four years old, with K&L being aged for seven years. The granddaddy of its line was a bonded 100-proof Pikesville that was recognizable by its black-and-red label.

Andrew Merle Jr., who served as president of the company for more than 20 years after his father’s death in 1965, was not terribly hopeful by the 1970s that Maryland rye would survive.

He laid down his last batch of Maryland rye at Majestic in 1973, and told a Sun reporter in 1975 that he had enough rye on hand to “last seven or eight years.”

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