This bottle defines heritage; during prohibition, people made rye: it survived. The first batch of this rye was made in Chicago but eventually production was moved to the Featherbone Factory. The Last Feather Rye has found a permanent home but the history of the spirit is important: lasting.
Distiller Comments: In the summer of 2010, I spent a period of time training in Chicago at Koval Distillery (located in the Ravenswood neighborhood), learning the trade but also putting rye whiskey in barrels. That time was invaluable in terms of education, but it also allowed Journeyman Distillery the opportunity to have a wonderfully aged rye whiskey to bottle and sell for the opening of our distillery.
Product Information: These days we distill our organic rye whiskey at our Three Oaks, Michigan distillery using the same recipe we perfected back in Chicago. The 90-proof whiskey is made from a blend of Midwestern rye and wheat with just a touch of barley added to round out the flavor. The whiskey matures in new white oak barrels where it develops its signature flavor. Last Feather Rye is a fruit-forward whiskey that finishes with a gentle crescendo of spice and pepper from the rye. Depending upon individual palettes various flavors including banana, vanilla, and caramel may entertain and tingle your taste buds to accompany the ever-present warmth, dryness, and spice that rye brings to the forefront.
Best Enjoyed: If you’re lucky enough to have one of the 800 limited release bottles from the first batch sitting on your dining room table, I’d say, it’s best enjoyed with close friends.