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Redemption Wheated Bourbon Review

Redemption Wheated Bourbon – Producer: Redemption. Distiller: MGP. ABV: 48%. Age: 4 years. Mashbill; 51% corn, 45% winter wheat, 4% malted barley. Price: $46.

I’ve been thinking lately of some of the more surprising whiskies I’ve had in 2017. To be sure, I didn’t expect to fall head over heels in love with the Glengoyne 12, and my rekindled adoration of Glenmorangie came as a bit of a surprise.

But in terms of American whiskies, I think the most pleasant surprise of the year so far has been the Redemption Wheated Bourbon. This 4-year-old gem has a mashbill of 51% corn, 45% winter wheat, and 4% malted barley. It’s the unusually high percentage of wheat that makes this one so interesting.

The Redemption Wheated Bourbon is contract-distilled by MGP to Redemption‘s specifications, as are their other offerings. I’m a fan of their flagship rye, though their recent barrel-strength releases have been iffier.

This limited edition release had me from the beginning. The nose is a bit like Thanksgiving to me. Wisps of sage remind me of the stuffing I usually make. The vanilla layer brings to mind certain pies that I’m supposed to wait to eat (ahem). And the cereal grain reminds me of the handfuls of bread products I shove in my mouth to stave off starvation while my turkey slowly roasts.

Do you get the sense I’m anticipating this holiday a bit?

There’s a soft, creamy vanilla at the forefront of the palate. It melds beautifully with the more substantial nutty flavor further on. There’s dark coffee bean, hazelnut, and a touch of brisket as well. The finish has bits of sage, along with orange zest. It lingers just long enough for me to miss it when it’s gone.

I really enjoyed this one. Here’s to pleasant surprises yet to come. Cheers, friends! – TM

A company representative graciously provided a sample for review. As always, our opinions are 100% our own.

Redemption Rye Review

Redemption Rye – Producer: Redemption. Distiller: MGP. ABV: 46%. No age statement (2.5+ years). Mashbill: 95% rye, 5% malted barley. Price: $30.

The holidays tend to jam me up a bit. One second, it’s Halloween and I’m growing my holiday beard. The next it’s February 3rd, the beard is gone, and I’m realizing that I’ve got a logjam of photos and reviews with which to bless the whisk(e)y world.

So today, we’re discussing Redemption Rye. Now, I’ve made little secret that I think Redemption’s plunge into the world of barrel proof whiskies left something to be desired. All heat, no heart. But I truly dig their flagship whiskies.

The rye, which comes in a nifty new bottle (as do all their standard releases now), is distilled by Midwest Grain Products (MGP) in Indiana, the spirits giant that also sources rye to Bulleit, Dickel, High West, and any number of small non-distiller producers.

The Redemption Rye has a nice floral nose that isn’t afraid to allow the spice to show a little leg. On the palate, there’s a touch of mint that I have always dug, which dances ever so nicely with that carnival caramel corn and baked orange that I’ve come to associate with Redemption. And I do love the finish. It swirls and leaps at the front, before settling in for a taste that at the very end reminds me that maybe it’s time for another dram.

It’s not a fancy whiskey, and my general love for it goes against my overall mixed feelings of the MGP factory products, but what can I say. The heart wants what it wants.

So here’s to an evening sipping an old friend and being quite happy to do so. – TM

Redemption kindly provided a sample for review. As always, our opinions are 100% our own.

Redemption High-Rye Bourbon Review

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

Buy Redemption Whiskey online at Mash + Grape