Review: Porter’s Rye 95
We’ve been covering the spirits of Utah-based Ogden’s Own distillery for a few months now (beginning with Madam Pattirini Gin), and now we’re taking a dive into its first whiskey, Porter’s Small Batch Rye 95, a straight rye sourced from MGP and made from a mashbill of 95% rye and 5% malted barley. The finished distillate is aged for one year in Indiana and three more years in Utah, in heavy-charred, new oak barrels. Plus: You have to love the utter simplicity of the label (but the complexity of the overall bottle).
Let’s dig in.
It’s legit rye, heavy on the nose with spices both of the baking and peppery variety, with notes of well-toasted grains underneath. The pungency of fresh wood and a still-youthful distillate is readily apparent, alongside notes of rosemary and sage, but the whiskey is never overwhelmingly youthful the way some very young spirits can be. The palate runs first to chocolate, then hits notes of red pepper, baking spice, and eucalyptus. Fresh wood is always on the docket, and as the finish evolves, the lumberyard note finds itself tempered by notes of tea and cola, and a somewhat muddy mocha character.
For a young rye, Porter’s drinks largely as you’re probably expecting — though as with many whiskeys of its ilk, it would be nice to see what happens here after a few more years of mellowing out, ideally with the wood influence finding a somewhat better balance.
B / $NA / porterswhiskeys.com
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