Whiskey Advocate Review of Driftless Glen Bourbon and 51 Rye Whiskey


Whiskey Advocate reviewed Driftless Glen Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey in the Winter 2018 Buyers Guide and also more recently the Driftless Glen 51 Rye Whiskey in the Spring Buyers Guide.

In each guide they feature and share over 150 whisky reviews. Driftless Glen is honored to be included among some amazing whiskeys.

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75-79—Mediocre: a drinkable whisky that may have minor flaws
50-74—Not recommended

89 points

Driftless Glen Single Barrel Straight Rye (Barrel 203), 48%

Quite herbal on the nose, with aromas of dried tarragon, parsley, and dill, along with cherry, milk chocolate, orange blossom, vanilla bean, and sweet tea. The palate is slightly grain-forward, but is full and well balanced, with orange, dried flowers, chamomile tea, lemon rind, and ginger. The finish offers cinnamon and milk chocolate against a note of candied lemon. Youthful and barrel-influenced, but admirably executed.

Reviewed by: David Fleming (Winter 2018)


Whiskey Advocate Spring Buying Guide Features Driftless Glen

88 points

Driftless Glen 51 Rye, 51%

Driftless Glen Distillery’s third rye expression, named for its 51% rye mash (compared to 74% in their core rye) as well as its 51% ABV. The nose has notes of orange peel, apricot, fragrant oak, bitter chocolate, burnt sugar, ginger, mint, and citrus oil. A rich, spicy palate offers more chocolate, as well as chili powder, tarragon, and cigar ash. A long finish of tobacco leaf, chocolate custard, and cinnamon.

Reviewed by: David Fleming (Spring 2019)


Spring 2019: All About Rye

This recent issue of Whisky Advocate magazine is all about the Rye. Our 51 Rye Whiskey is getting a lot of attention these days and we can certainly appreciate and understand why.

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