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Harvest Rye

Hard Truth Distilling Co. has partnered with Mellencamp Whiskey Co. — founded by Hud Mellencamp and Levi Collison — to release a limited series of collectible sweet mash whiskeys in support and celebration of America’s heartland farmers.

Harvest Rye is the first release in a series of four whiskeys, with each bottle featuring unique artwork by John Mellencamp and a previously-unreleased mash bill of Sweet Mash Whiskey.

Created to celebrate Indiana’s small, independent, and heritage farmers, Harvest Rye whiskey uses 100% Indiana grains, and a portion of sales from each bottle will go to support Indiana’s sustainable farming initiatives and local farming families via Grounded in Truth, Hard Truth’s cause platform.

Grounded in Truth supports agriculturally focused not-for-profit organizations — like Farm Aid, its first giving partner — that provide valuable resources and support for family farmers.

Harvest Rye


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Harvest Rye

Spirit Specs

  • Debut release from Mellencamp Whiskey Co. in collaboration with Hard Truth Distilling Co.
  • Small batch (30 barrel)
  • Bottled at 106 proof (53% ABV)
  • Available in 750 mL bottles
  • Appearance

  • Aroma

    Spiced pear, toffee, and rich caramel
  • Taste

    Caramel and soft mocha open the palate, giving way to sweet crème brûlée, bold baking spice, and ripe orchard fruit
  • Finish

    Warm and lingering with hints of dark chocolate, oak, and spiced honey that fade to toffee and subtle, smoked vanilla

Our partnership with Hard Truth aligns perfectly with our values of supporting local farmers and sourcing high-quality local ingredients.

Hud Mellencamp, Mellencamp Whiskey Co.
Harvest Rye Recipes
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Harvest Rye Apple Pie

2 oz. Hard Truth X Mellencamp Whiskey Harvest Rye
2 oz. Apple cider
2 Tbs. Apple butter
½ oz. Lemon juice
2-3 dashes Aromatic bitters
Soda water, to top
Apple slice and/or cinnamon sugar rim, to garnish

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Autumn Harvest

2 oz. Hard Truth X Mellencamp Whiskey Harvest Rye
1 oz. St-Germain
¾ oz. Lime juice
3 oz. Ginger ale, to top
2 dashes Aromatic bitters
Lime round half, to garnish

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Harvest Rye Old Fashioned

2 oz. Hard Truth x Mellencamp Whiskey Harvest Rye
1 barspoon Brown sugar
2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
2 dashes Peychaud’s Aromatic Bitters
Orange peel, to garnish

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