Filibuster Rye

Rye Whiskey is the quintessential American whiskey.  At the turn of the last century, distilleries flourished in the east – especially in Western Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York.  Rye was the grain of choice, as it made light, spicy whisky that was fabulous neat, or in a cocktail – the original Manhattan recipe calls for Rye…think sweet and spicy.

When Prohibition became the law of the land in 1920, most of the distilleries that made rye whiskey were forced to shut down.  Spirit production moved underground, and corn was widely utilized, as it was abundant and cheap.  Corn whiskey became the new normal, and Rye was largely forgotten, except when depicted in Hollywood westerns -no self-respecting cowboy would be caught dead drinking anything else!

Today top-quality American Rye is being demanded by whiskey drinkers once again, and Filibuster is making sure their voices are heard!  We blend small batches of traditionally-crafted spicy young rye whiskey with a bit of barrel aged bourbon for balance, and let ‘em talk it out for a few months in wine-seasoned French oak casks before bottling.  The result is our Dual Cask Rye a unique whiskey that showcases Rye’s firey spice, but is uncommonly smooth going down.  This unique process takes more time, and cost more money, but we think the results speak for themselves.  Filibuster: Be Heard!

 Even George Washington made Rye, on the grounds of his Virginia homestead.  To be called a “Rye Whiskey”, the mash bill but contain at least 51% Rye.  The resulting spirit is livelier and spicier than Bourbon, which must have a mash bill of at least 51% corn.  A true Manhattan requires Rye.  The cocktail originated in the 1870’s in at New York’s Manhattan Club. It was the preferred drink of Industrial magnate JP Morgan, who would toast the close of each trading day.