MGP Ingredients has announced the launch of Rossville Union, their first proprietary Rye Whiskey label.
Rossville Union is available in two expressions: Rossville Union Master Crafted Straight Rye Whiskey, and Rossville Union Master Crafted Barrel Proof Straight Rye Whiskey.
Named after the founding distillery in Lawrenceburg, Rossville Union represents a return to the home of crafted rye whiskey and “honors a spirited tradition that dates back more than 170 years in America’s original ‘Whiskey City’,” the company says.
In keeping with the legacy of the brand, the bottle design is a flask shape molded in an apothecary style with the Rossville Union name and “1847” distillery-of-origin date embossed into the glass. Both products are blended from barrel reserves at MGP Ingredients, which is cited on the label with the number of “barrels used” in each release: 159 for Master Crafted and 83 barrels for Barrel Proof.
Rossville Union Master Crafted offers a balance of sweet oak with rye spice, the company says. Aged at least four years, this rye has a caramel nose, a fruit-forward palate and a smoky, spicy body. At 94 proof, Rossville Union Master Crafted is ideal on the rocks or in cocktails.
Rossville Union Barrel Proof has a spicy, vanilla nose, wood and caramel notes, the company says, with balanced oak and spice finish. Bottled at 112.6 proof, Rossville Union Barrel Proof is a full cask-strength rye whiskey best enjoyed neat, on the rocks or with a splash of water.
Rossville Union Master Crafted Straight Rye Whiskey retails for $39.99 per 750-ml bottle. Rossville Union Master Crafted Barrel Proof Straight Rye Whiskey is available for $69.99 per 750-ml bottle.
Both products will launch in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin as of June 2018.