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Helsinki Whiskey 100% Rye Malt Release 17

Helsinki Whiskey 100% Rye Malt Release #17

Released on June of 2020, this is Helsinki 100% Rye Malt #17 by The Helsinki Distilling Company (HDC). Like the name states, this whiskey has been made using 100% malted rye. They also produce rye whiskey with a mash bill of malted rye and barley. The distillery was founded in 2014.

With an annual production of 30 000 liters, HDC produces small batch whiskies. This 17th release of 100% malted rye is no different. It’s been blended from six casks by Master Blender Kai Kilpinen.

They’ve used 55 liter new French oak and 200 liter virgin American oak casks. The whiskey has been aged for a minimum of 3 years. 

Helsinki Whiskey 100% Rye Malt Release #17 Review

We’re almost there!

I found they’re first ever release to be fresh and extremely vibrant, though immature. It was also 100% malted rye. And it was a good start, easy to drink. I’ve had a taste of their 70% rye whiskey and it was a much bigger step up. 

This release number 17 is not as good as the 70% rye mash bill version but it’s almost there. I’m a big fan of 100% rye whiskies and I believe that HDC is going to take me to the promise land. I really like the fact that they are making so light, yet characteristic rye whiskies. A breath of fresh air in the rye whiskey scene.

Tasting Notes

Matured in:
New French oak and new American oak casks
70% rye, 30% malted barley
ABV: 47.5%
Non-chill filtered
Colour: Golden amber
Nose: Grapefruits anf fresh oak. Vanilla and red unripe berries. Wee rye notes with honey on the back.
Taste: Butterscotch and vanilla. Sugary candy canes. Oil and berries, and hints of dried fruits.
Finish: Fresh oak and spices. Velvety vanilla and finally, hints of rye.
Balance: Fresh as it can get. Light yet full, quite extraordinary. Not your typical rye whisky, is it because triple distilling?

Helsinki #17 Rye Scoring

Distillery: Helsinki Distilling Company Region: Helsinki, Finland

100% Malted Rye Whiskey by Helsinki Distilling Company

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Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.

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