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Indiana distillery Ross & Squibb pushes rye content to the limit

A new whiskey by Ross & Squibb Distillery contains 39% rye, the highest percentage of the ingredient that a Bourbon can offer.

Indiana-based Ross & Squibb Distillery have added a new addition to its Remus Bourbon range, which harks back to the popularity of rye whiskey in the lead-up to Prohibition.

Available in the UK and Europe from January 2024, Remus Highest Rye Straight Bourbon Whiskey is aged for six years and clocks in at 109 proof.

The whiskey is made with a mash bill consisting of 51% corn, 10% malted rye and, crucially, 39% rye.

“With Remus Highest Rye Bourbon, our team has selected a mash bill that features the most rye a Bourbon can offer,” said master distiller Ian Stirsman.

“This Bourbon delivers a sweet, rich fruit and maple aroma and a palate containing robust candied-fruit notes, followed by a lingering finish highlighted by notes of spicy cinnamon and saddle leather.

Rye whiskey saw the peak of its popularity in the lead-up to Prohibition in the United States and today is steadily gaining in popularity.

“Our Remus Bourbon brand takes its inspiration from the finest Bourbons of the Prohibition era, and with Remus Highest Rye Bourbon we offer a salute to the enormous popularity of rye whiskey heading into this period,” said Shanae Randolph, marketing director-brands for Luxco Branded Spirits, supplier and distributor for Ross & Squibb.

“We believe rye drinkers and high-rye-Bourbon drinkers alike will become fast fans of this newest addition to the family.”

Remus Highest Rye Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a permanent extension to the line-up, and will be available in the UK and Europe from 1 January 2024 at an RRP of £59 / €68 per 700ml bottle.


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