About Stellum Single Barrel Rye Rigel A4 (Caskers Staff Pick)
Joe Beatrice was a longtime homebrewer before founding Barrel Craft Spirits in 2013 in Kentucky to share his passion for unique, high-quality spirits with the world. Famous for blending and sourcing all their premium spirits, BCS rum, whiskey, rye, and bourbon have all garnered international critical acclaim. BCS supports the time-honored traditions of distilling, choosing exceptional spirits from all over the world, and blending them in high-quality casks to bring out every single ingredient. No coloring, flavoring, or water is added. With their unique approach to spirit-making, they succeeded in creating blends that are greater than the sum of their parts. Their cask-strength, small batch, and single barrel expressions have won the most prestigious awards. Their blended bourbon carved the path for the rise of the blended whiskey when it was awarded Double Gold at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
The Stellum brand under the BCS umbrella is another proof of their wizardry. The range includes a barrel-proof bourbon, a barrel-proof rye, and a single barrel program. “We wanted to create a brand that brings American Whiskey into the modern age with simple elegant blends and single barrels selected with care and intention,” said Founder Joe Beatrice.
Their finest whiskeys are chosen for their single barrel program. These are the Stellum bourbon and rye expressions that work particularly well on their own, instead of in a blend, and are bottled at cask strength. Distilled in Indiana from a mash bill of 95% rye and 5% malted barley, the Rigel A4 Caskers Staff Pick has spent 5 years in a new charred American oak barrel. The single-cask expression was bottled exclusively for Caskers in early fall 2021 at 117.14 proof.
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As American as the bald eagle, rye whiskey was first brewed in the American Northeast in the 1600s. Even George Washington distilled it after leaving the Oval Office, so there’s no way of denying its origin.
It’s distinguished from bourbon for its original and unique spicy notes.
By law, rye whiskey must be made from at least 51% rye grain, aged in new and charred oak barrels for at least two years, and bottled at no more than 62,5% ABV.