Cedar Ridge, Cedar Ridge, Cedar Ridge.... my goodness. I absolutely love people who choose to step outside of the box and try to be different, and less ordinary. I read on your website that you took the rye whiskey a step further to avoid the ordinary. Today we are going to talk about your MALTED Rye Whiskey. 51% Malted Rye, 34% Rye, 12% Corn, & 3% Malted Barley.
Malted Rye, that is quite a taste. I found it interesting that even on the nose my senses were changing as I let it sit in my glass just to see how it would mellow out. I will tell you that when I first nosed the whiskey it was a little spicy, almost peppery in flavor. With letting it sit for a little bit I got it to open up. When I say open up I was able to smell some sweetness to the whiskey. Almost a cross between honey and a corn syrup. I was surprised that I got this sweetness on the nose with a low corn content.
The taste was one that changes in your mouth as you slowly take your first couple of sips. My first sip started a little peppery and lingered on the lips. The second sip sweetens out and pepper flavor becomes mild. Trying to figure out what the sweetness is I get reminded of a roasted marshmallow (one of my favorite treats). When I tried to hone in on the pepper flavor I kept getting referred back to an Anaheim green chili pepper that has been roasted by one of the food vendors at a park n swap. Nothing like a sweet peppery flavor to get your soul warmed and toasty on a chilly day.