Hard Truth Sweet Mash Rye Whiskey named a top American Whiskey of 2021

Posted: February 28, 2022
Hard Truth Sweet Mash Rye Whiskey named a top American Whiskey of 2021

Hard Truth Sweet Mash Rye Whiskey named a top American Whiskey of 2021
Bourbon curator and taster, Fred Minnick, awards Hard Truth Distilling Co. distinction

Nashville, Ind. – Hard Truth Distilling Co.’s first batch of Sweet Mash Rye Whiskey was recently named among Fred Minnick’s Top 100 American Whiskeys of 2021 during his annual ranking event. The designation given to Hard Truth’s Sweet Mash Rye Whiskey batch is unprecedented since it is their first batch to hit the market.

“Never in my career has a new whiskey producer come out with a first batch of a product and it tasted like this. The flavor is absolutely fantastic,” said Minnick. “This is the best first batch of a new distillery I have ever tasted.”

To identify the Top 100 American Whiskeys, Minnick conducted a thorough assessment of more than 700 whiskeys, all released in 2021, evaluating each by color, nose, palate, finish and uniqueness.

“We’re on the forefront of a new era of whiskey-making as sweet mash pioneers here in the state of Indiana, and it is truly an honor to be included on a list with such legendary distillers, especially with our first batch,” said Hard Truth Master Distiller Bryan Smith.

“Crafting the highest quality sweet mash rye and bourbon whiskey in the state of Indiana is at the core of our efforts here at Hard Truth Distilling Co., and our passion for hard work in making world class whiskey really seems to resonate with people.  We can’t wait for you to taste the whiskeys yet to come,” Smith noted.

Made with the sweet mash method, with 100% fresh ingredients and aged in barrels for a minimum of two years, Hard Truth Sweet Mash Rye Whiskey, Batch 1, Mash Bill 01 is Hard Truth’s debut sweet mash whiskey and was released in November of 2021.

“Authenticity is at the core of our whiskey making, which is why we are bottling our sweet mash rye whiskey at barrel strength, uncut and unfiltered — a true expression of our whiskey making,” Smith explained.

This first release is a small-batch blend of 30 barrels. The result is a complex, pleasant, quality rye with a bright aroma, rich taste and smooth finish. This is the first batch in what will become a series of Hard Truth sweet mash whiskeys. Over the next few years, the distillery will introduce whiskeys from four unique rye mash bills and four unique bourbon mash bills, bringing a variety of distinct offerings to markets around the nation.

For more information on where to purchase Sweet Mash Rye Whiskey or any other Hard Truth product, visit the following link: Cocktail recipes for Sweet Mash Rye Whiskey and other Hard Truth products are located on the official website: