Redemption Whiskey has added a new expression to its Specialty Series: Redemption Sur Lee Straight Rye Whiskey.
This uses a whiskey-making technique inspired by the French sur lie winemaking process.
The new release begins with Redemption’s rye mash bill, which contains a rye content of 95%. Redemption then adds in 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 more flavor, the company says.
Before bottling, Sur Lee is non-chill filtered. The end result is a whiskey that’s floral upfront, with nutty flavors and buttery notes of toasted marshmallow, maple and nutmeg, balanced with a spicy finish, the company reports.
“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,” says Tom Steffanci, President of Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, which produces Redemption. “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.”
The bottle design, with a silkscreen label and metallic accents, explains Sur Lee’s process. It showcases how the old-world winemaking process was applied to the whiskey.
Redemption Sur Lee Straight Rye Whiskey, a limited release, is available in NY, DE, FL, CA, TX and MA, from Oct. 1 and while supplies last.
The suggested retail price is $59.99 per 750-ml. bottle.