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A new treat for an upcoming Friday rye day. (PHOTO: Twisted Path Distillery)

A year later, Twisted Path releases its second batch of rye whiskey

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Almost exactly a year after releasing its first whiskey – a bottled in bond rye from two barrels that had been aging for more than four years – Milwaukee's Twisted Path Distillery is letting loose its second.

This next batch of rye is available – like the last one – in both bottled in bond (100 proof) and barrel proof. The latter clocks in at 140.5, which is even hotter than last year's release, which concentrated to 134.2, after hitting the barrel at 120.

On Saturday, March 7, the Bay View distillery will open at 1 p.m. and start selling the whiskey. Warning: last year's sold out in about six hours, so if you want it, you'd likely better show up a bit earlier than the start time.

The bottled in bond – a blend of barrels 13 and 14 – is selling for $65 for 750ml, and the barrel proof single barrel – number 11 – is $40 for a 375ml bottle. There is no limit.

Owner Brian Sammons says while you're there, Twisted Path's bartenders will pour the bottled in bond any way you want it, as long as it's neat, on the rocks, or in classic Old Fashioneds and Manhattans.

Perfect news since my empty bottle of last year's barrel 9 just went into the recycling bin this weekend!

I haven't tasted these new batches yet, so I can't tell you how they taste, but last year's were both quite nice and different, depending on which barrel you got. One was spicier, while the other more fruity and floral.

You just might have to go over and find out for yourself.

In related news, Twisted Path also recently released a batch of Chipotle Pink Peppercorn Vodka, if that's more your style.


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