Cody Road Rye Whiskey
Cody Road Rye was launched in 2012, in a limited run of 5 batches. Subsequent releases in 2013 (a more extensive run of 10 batches) and 2014 (3 batches so far), find the Rye further along on its travels. It's an 100% rye distilled from grain grown in nearby Fulton, Illinois, and bottled at 80 Proof (40% ABV) in a wide bottle that looks nice on the shelf. In the bottle, Cody Road Rye has the color of a classic: a sun-dappled amber that mellows to a gold-flecked copper in the glass, where a pleasant blend of Clementine and dried apricot infused in mild caramel, with a sprinkle of salt and dash of black pepper greets the nose. Lighter scents of wild berries and a sun-warmed springtime meadow reward the taster who lingers a while before taking a first sip. Relax here a while and you might even hear buzzing bees and the song of a meadowlark, and start to feel the blanket-like warmth of the temperate morning sun. When it comes to taste, Cody Road Rye keeps it simple and not too surprising: the citrus and apricot of the nose are dominant. A tang of blackberry strolls around the perimeter, and a hint of pepper foreshadows the more surprising finish: an appearance of the classic Rye flavor. Riding the plank of an oaken hogshead, the rye grain charges to the foreground and lassoes the lingering citrus with a pepper-twined woodiness, roping in the flavors for a long, warm, and savory finish.
Bronze Medal in the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition