FEW Rye Spirit (46.5%, OB, 2018)

  • Category: US Rye Whiskey
  • Origin: FEW Distillery
  • Bottling: Official
  • ABV: 46.5%
  • Cost: £66.95


What they say

Bear witness to the revival of rye. Born of the hearty grain, our generous rye content is married with the sweetness of corn for a genteel interpretation of the venerable spirit. Aged in air-dried oak barrels, its spicy character transcends mere resurgence. This is the renaissance of rye. FEW Rye Whiskey.

What I say

Dram #2 from the #DrinkCraft 4th of July Tweet Tasting

A re-visit of FEW’s Rye Spirit drink, in the intervening years this seems to have increased its flavour profile and matured a little more, however due to the use of some spirit in here that hasn’t been matured enough it is unable to carry the name whiskey on the label.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Dark amber gold (11/20)  slow medium droplet tears leave finer legs
  • Nose: Orange oil and saddle leather, popcorn, green banana & marker pen solvent – I like it! on revisit, more apples, slightly fresher and fruitier as well as softened or caramelised apple and sweeter, molten marshmallow and toffee-covered popcorn
  • Taste: Fruity, baked apple pie with cinnamon, banana split dessert, ripe banana, vanilla ice cream perhaps a hint of candied peel, touch of spearmint and honey.
  • Finish: Long, balanced fruit and spice, fresh root ginger and cinnamon, lovely


A rather well-balanced and drinkable Rye (dare I call it Whiskey?), not too spicy with plenty of fruity elements this is good enough to drink neat or has mileage for mixing into cocktails and longer drinks if required. Definitely improving!

Score: 84/100

Shop fro FEW Rye (opens Master of Malt)

Don’t take my word for it:

Read West Meath Whiskey World’s review of FEW Rye in their Bourbon’s for 4th July article

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1 reply »

  1. I’ve had this bottle for a couple of years and I must say anyone & everyone I’ve shared it with enjoy the richness of the flavors within.
    I have noticed on my last tasting the lovely dry spiciness I love to be somewhat more muted than I remember.
    A reminder that once opened there is a time limit to enjoy the contents.

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