A rye whiskey from Chicago's FEW distillery, named for temperance campaigner Frances Elizabeth Willard.

FEW Rye Whiskey

From the label

The generous rye content is married with the sweetness of corn for a genteel interpretation of the venerable spirit. Patiently aged in air-dried oak barrels, its spicy character transcends mere resurgence. Behold – the renaissance of rye.”

A Star of the Whisky Lounge Whisky Weekender

I tried a number of incredible whiskies at the Whisky Lounge whisky weekender which I’ll be reviewing over the next few days and weeks (assuming memories don’t fade and notes aren’t lost) but this one stood out for two reasons. Firstly it’s not at all what I’d expected from the nose which was pretty sweet, and for its age it’s an impressively complex offering. Secondly it was one of the few bottles (no pun intended) that I couldn’t get my hands on after the event as I went for the Sunday and was beaten to the punch by other enthusiasts.

A Spicy Young Rye

Reviewed by John Fegan on 14/04/2015 Rating: 3.8

A fantastic Rye Whiskey with a high(70%) Rye mash bill complimented by 20% corn and 10% malted barley this F.E.W offering doesn’t pull any punches and is an absolute steal at £45 if you like your whiskies on the raw side.

Aroma: Complex and fruity with an interwoven spice

Palate: Candied orange, interwoven vanilla and cinnamon

Finish: Lingering, spicy rye and wood notes

Rye Whiskey

Produced by F.E.W
Average Price £45

A rye heavy whiskey, with just enough corn in the mix to give a spicy sweetness. As might be expected from a distillery company named after a figure head of the temperance movement (Frances Elizabeth Willard) this Evanston offering is an irreverent rye made with red wine yeast, aged in air-dried oak barrels, and well worth exploring.

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