8-Year Wisconsin Rum Cask Finished Rye Whiskey Featuring Yahara Bay Distillers

**Spring 2023 John Barleycorn Awards Silver Winner**

What makes this unique?  We took an 8-year HAZMAT rye whiskey and finished it in a barrel that had been used to age a 6-year HAZMAT rum. That’s about as unique as it gets.
8-Year Wisconsin Rum Cask Finished Rye Whiskey Featuring Yahara Bay Distillers

8-Year Wisconsin Rum Cask Finished Rye Whiskey Featuring Yahara Bay Distillers

About This Whiskey
We selected this exceptional barrel from Yahara Bay Distillers in Madison, WI. This Straight Rye Whiskey (95% rye, 5% malted barley) endured 8 glacially-frigid Wisconsin winters before, at long last, escaping to a tropical paradise - a rum barrel. Sweet and spicy with an impeccable blend of Midwest hospitality and gentle island breezes, our rum barreled straight rye whiskey is truly the best of both worlds.
Tasting Notes: Complex and sweet with notes of maple syrup, orange peel, plum, caramel creams, and baking spices. 
The sister barrel to our inaugural YB1 release, this rye whiskey presented with all the complexity of its sibling (including the HAZMAT proof), but with a heavier dose of dry oak on the palate. While the barrel was outstanding as it was, we wanted to enhance the sweeter, richer notes of the whiskey, befitting the holiday season. What better way to do that than a 3-month finishing in a HAZMAT rum barrel? The end result is a truly rare combination of sweet and spicy worthy of ringing in the new year. 

The Nerdy Bits:

Mash Bill: 95% rye, 5% malted barley
Fill Date: 6/10/2014
Transfer Date: 8/19/2022
Bottle Date: 11/17/2022
Age: 8 years, 5 months, 7 days
Yahara Bay Barrel #: 44
Entry Proof: 120
Barrel Char: Char #3
ABV: 73.48%
Proof: 146.96
Yield: 158 Bottles
About Yahara Bay Distillers

Located in Madison, Wisconsin, Yahara Bay Distillers has expanded from just 3 products when opening in 2007 to over 40, including a variety of excellent whiskeys, rums, brandies, and gins. Crafted one batch a time from locally sourced grains, fruits and herbs, these products truly represent the “The Spirit of Madison.”

We first discovered Yahara Bay Distillers in 2012 while visiting family in the Madison area. While their spirits were young at the time, their creativity, passion, and desire to distill the best spirits in Wisconsin clearly set them apart from their peers. It was this desire that ultimately led to the creation of some of the most memorable barrels we have ever sampled. We look forward to bringing you more Two Souls offerings from this acclaimed, yet still somehow overlooked, premium craft distillery.

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