Ballantine Beer Leaderboard
2 Gingers Header

Three New Ways to Rye, With Wigle, George Dickel and Organic Nation

by Jacob Grier on Jan 15, 2013 in Liquor
Three New Ways to Rye, With Wigle, George Dickel and Organic Nation

Rye is enjoying a renaissance. A niche product that sold at a bargain price just a few years ago, distilleries today struggle to make enough to satisfy the bartenders and consumers who have rediscovered it. There are now more than fifty brands of rye whiskey available in the United States, according to NPR. Here are three new ways to enjoy the spirit.

White Dog Rye


The logic of supply and demand dictates that when demand for a product rises, as it has for rye, suppliers will begin making more of it. The complication for whiskey is that making it takes time; rye distilled now may need several years in barrels before it’s ready for market.

That said, whiskey doesn’t have to be aged, and many small distilleries have experimented with “white dog” whiskey that showcases the spirit before oak exerts its influence. Often these products do more to demonstrate the value of barrel ageing than they do for the spirits themselves. Not so with Wigle Whiskey, the initial offering from a new distillery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Their rye white dog is a standout among white whiskeys, with a fruity note (as one expects to find in unaged liquor) matched with a very nice spice from the rye.

The name is in honor of Philip Wigle, one of the distillers behind the 1791 Whiskey Rebellion against federal taxes. He was sentenced for treason before being pardoned by President George Washington. The logo, which at first glance may resemble a fishing lure, reflects his narrowly avoided sentence. Oregon is the second state in which this spirit is available.

Tennessee-Style Rye

Tennessee whiskey isn’t required to be filtered through charcoal, but the two whiskey brands most identified with the state do take advantage of this process to mellow the spirit and set it apart from bourbon. One of these brands, George Dickel, is now applying that technique to rye.

Unlike Dickel’s Tennessee whiskey, which is filtered before aging in barrels, the rye is filtered after aging is complete. This puts it in strange territory, with the charcoal smoothing out any rough edges. The result is a spirit that is pleasant to sip neat at 90 proof, though not one that asserts itself in a cocktail, as do ryes with a more distinctive kick. Dickel shows the softer side of rye.

Organic Rye

Organic Nation has been producing organic gin and vodka in Ashland, Oregon, since 2008, and now the distillery is venturing into rye. OldField Rye is aged 22 months in new oak barrels. What’s it taste like? According to the official website copy, “it has a bit of sweet vanilla and cinnamon notes,” but it’s only available at the distillery and a few Southern Oregon liquor stores. Given the quality of Organic Nation’s other spirits (currently available in Oregon, California, Washington and online), it’s likely worth picking up, if one is lucky enough to find it.

Recent Articles
Countdown to Christmas Like an Adult with a DIY Beer Advent Calendar
Beaujolais & Burgers: A Successful Pairing
4 People You'll Meet at Beaujolais Nouveau Fete 2014
spacer
2 Gingers Below Features
From Around The Web

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
4 People You'll Meet at Beaujolais Nouveau Fete 2014

4 People You'll Meet at Beaujolais Nouveau Fete 2014

Get your berets ready for this year's Beaujolais Nouveau Fete....read more ›

by Mary Locke Nov 17, 2014
Stay Cozy: 10 Portland Bars with Fireplaces

Stay Cozy: 10 Portland Bars with Fireplaces

Stay warm this winter with a stiff drink next to the fire....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Nov 17, 2014
Hot Cocktails For Cold Nights: Recipes for the Home Bartender

Hot Cocktails For Cold Nights: Recipes for the Home Bartender

It's the rain that soaks us to the bone here in Portland that makes us want both boozy and warm libations. Try mixing these up at home or head to the ...read more ›

by Karen Locke Nov 17, 2014
SPONSORED
Drink Portland Mobile Rectangle
Home Bar Project: How to Make an Old Fashioned

Home Bar Project: How to Make an Old Fashioned

Have you ever dreamed of having an amazing home bar, filled with bottles you actually use and the tools you need to execute a fine crafted cocktail? E...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Nov 17, 2014
Le Beaujolais Nouveau Est Arrive!

Le Beaujolais Nouveau Est Arrive!

Beaujolais Nouveau isn't expensive; actually, it's pretty darn affordable....read more ›

by Melissa Auman Greiner Nov 17, 2014
The Drink Nation Presents: The Home Bar Project

The Drink Nation Presents: The Home Bar Project

Have you ever dreamed of having an amazing home bar, filled with bottles you actually use and the tools you need to execute a fine crafted cocktail? E...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Nov 14, 2014
Kentucky Bar Mocks Pappy Seekers with Pappy Van Winkle Jell-O Shots

Kentucky Bar Mocks Pappy Seekers with Pappy Van Winkle Jell-O Shots

Pappy Jell-O shots. Just what the doctor ordered....read more ›

by Ryan Hudak Nov 14, 2014
Sierra Nevada is the Official Beer of the 2015 World Ski Championships

Sierra Nevada is the Official Beer of the 2015 World Ski Championships

The world's best skiers will descend on the slopes of the Rocky Mountains in February....read more ›

by Carrie Dow Nov 14, 2014
Libations and Laughs - What to Drink at Portland's Comedy Showcases

Libations and Laughs - What to Drink at Portland's Comedy Showcases

Comedy and cocktails go to together like peanut butter and jelly. ...read more ›

by Mary Locke Nov 10, 2014
10 Places to Hold Your Holiday Party in Portland

10 Places to Hold Your Holiday Party in Portland

Here are 10 places in Portland to hold your holiday party, whether you’re the party planner or chiming in to save the company from another year of a...read more ›

by Karen Locke Nov 10, 2014
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close