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Sweet Mash Rye Finished in Sauternes Wine Barrels

The Hard Truth Barrel Finish Reserve collection started with a selection of the highest quality wine barrels in the world. These were paired with custom blends of Hard Truth’s RW-1 Sweet Mash Rye, each designed to enhance the qualities of the barrels without sacrificing the complexity and richness of the whiskey itself.

Each barrel contributs unique flavor expressions that can’t be replicated, resulting in a perfect marrying of the spice, fruit, and complex mouthfeel of Hard Truth Sweet Mash Rye with a truly unique expression of the distillery or vineyard that these barrels came from.

We recommend trying each of these Barrel Finish Reserve whiskeys next to a bottle of Sweet Mash Rye to taste the incredible complexity brought out from these barrels and how they enhance the flavor in our whiskey.

About the barrel:

Sauternes is a French sweet white wine made in the Graves region of Bordeaux, France. The wine is composed of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes that are affected by botrytis cinerea, or noble rot, which causes the grapes to partially raisin, creating a unique, sweet dessert wine. The wine is often rested in French Oak barrels for five-plus years.

Sweet Mash Rye Finished in Sauternes Wine Barrels
Sweet Mash Rye Finished in Sauternes Wine Barrels

Spirit Specs

  • Custom blend of Hard Truth Sweet Mash Rye RW-1 for Sauternes Wine Barrels
  • Three barrel batch
  • Bottled at 110 proof (55% ABV)
  • Available in 750 mL bottles
  • Appearance

  • Aroma

    Rich golden raisin, allspice, and anise with a touch of brown sugar
  • Taste

    Sweet pastry notes quickly shift to rich raisin and warming baking spice
  • Finish

    Warm and lingering candied fruit with bold pepper, allspice, and a touch of honey
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