Distiller: MGP/LDI. Producer: Bardstown Barrel Selections. ABV 46%. Age: 2 years. Mashbill: 60% corn, 38.2% rye, 1.8% barley. Price: $30.
Redemption’s high-rye bourbon is the sister release to the more successful Redemption Rye — both being familiar sourced products from MGP/LDI, bottled in Bardstown, KY. Get ready to see them all over in the near future: the brand was bought in June 2015 by Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, which includes brands like Yellow Tail, Georges Duboeuf, and Luksusowa Vodka.
Nothing to get excited about here. You can taste the MGP/LDI provenance in the simple corn base, followed by a burst of biting spice from the rye. (Wonderful things do come out of Lawrenceburg, of course, especially with a little age, but the 2-year mark doesn’t cut it here.) Lacks coherence and balance, with sweetness and spice spiking up unpredictably. Too sharp to sip.
I’d sooner spend my $30 on a dozen others, but if you find yourself with a bottle of it on hand, it will make for a fine Old Fashioned. – BO