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Thursday, October 6, 2022

Redemption Whiskey Launches Sur Lee Straight Rye Whiskey

Redemption Whiskey has announced their latest release with Redemption Sur Lee Straight Rye Whiskey. This release utilizes a first-of-its-kind whiskey-making technique inspired by the French sur lie winemaking process

Said Tom Steffanci, President of Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, which produces Redemption states:
At the beginning of our creation process, we were curious to see what flavors would be imparted if we applied a technique similar to the French winemaking sur lie process to our amazing classic rye mash bill. We spent a lot of time adjusting the approach to get it just right and we are delighted with the delicious outcome. I can't wait to hear from consumers once they have the opportunity to taste it.
Per Redemption:
The whiskey begins with the standard 95% rye wheatbill Redemption and is adds the backset that comes off the still during distillation, called the "whiskey lees," into the barrels before aging. By periodically rotating the barrels during the aging process, the "lees" and whiskey continually interact and naturally infuse the whiskey with even more flavor. The "sur lee" method invigorates the rye's complexity to further enhance and develop the whiskey. Before bottling, Sur Lee is non-chill filtered to maintain optimal flavors and aromas. The end result is a whiskey that's deep and complex with a floral upfront, nutty backdrop and decadent, buttery notes of toasted marshmallow, maple and nutmeg, balanced with a lingering spicy finish. 
The graphic below shows the entire process. 
Redemption Sur Lee Straight Rye Whiskey is a limited release and will be available starting October 1st in NY, DE, FL, CA, TX, and MA for an MSRP of $59.99. No age statement or proof was provided. 

My Take

It's unfortunate that this isn't coming to Ohio, but OHLQ has put up barriers of entry that make it difficult for new products to come to Ohio, which ultimately loses the State tax revenue and costs us consumers the ability to purchase unique products. If you have friends or family in any of the states where this is available, give them a heads up. I'm curious how this distillation and maturation process compares to other bourbons and whiskeys. 

If you find this or try this out in the world, drop a note in the comments below with your thoughts. 

Source: Redemption Whiskey

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