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Review: O.H. Ingram River Aged Rye

Kentucky-based O.H. Ingram doesn’t throw “river aged” into its product name just for the sake of marketing. Its products are aged on a floating rickhouse on the Mississippi River. From the photography, it looks like quite the operation, but the proof, as always, lies in the bottle. Ingram makes a straight rye and an unspecified American whiskey, both of which are sourced from MGP. Today we look at the former, which is aged — on a river barge! — for a minimum of 3 years.

River or no, the whiskey acquits itself as a solid example of rye, with a classically spicy nose that melds toasty oak with a touch of herbal dill. On the palate, there’s a lot more fruity sweetness than the nose would suggest, including a punch of fresh cherries and a clear mint note. It’s a warm and inviting whiskey at full proof — 49% abv — and a dash of water doesn’t hurt, helping to coax out notes of caramel and milk chocolate. There’s a stronger chocolate note on the finish, which is enhanced by lingering notes of baking spice, dried herbs, and a taste of cinnamon red hots.

The price is a bit of a challenge: $80 for three year old MGP rye is a tough sell, whether or not that time was spent immersed in Big Muddy. That said, it’s delightfully well-made stuff.

98 proof.

A- / $80 / ingramwhiskey.com [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]

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O.H. Ingram River Aged Rye

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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