This exotic Kyrö Malt Rye was produced in honor of the Finnish Whisky Day (May 23), which also happens to be the birthday of VYS (Viskin Ystävien Seura = Fellowship of Whisky). Released on May 2021 as a limited batch of 666 bottles, it instantly got my attention because of its Ruby Port finish.
Kyrö distillery has matured some of their malt rye whisky in a 250 liter Ruby Port barrel and some in a 250 liter Ex-Bourbon barrel. The end result is 100% malted rye whisky with a red winey character and a hue of pink. The very first “Kyrö’s Choice”.
Amazing marriage of port and rye
I must say, I fell in love with this expression! Amazing experiment and overall a superb end product. Ruby Port’s sweetness and fruitiness really compliment Kyrö’s peppery and fresh malt rye whisky.
For a hardened old dog trying to learn new experiences in the world of rye whisky, this is like the ultimate expression for that – getting new experiences. Amazing rye whisky!
Ex-Bourbon and Ex-Ruby Port Barrels
Nose: Sweet and dry, hints of sweet berries and mild rye notes. Some oak notes. And mellow spicy notes come from deep down, nutmeg and warming spices.
Taste: Lots of sweet toffee, nutmeg with salty and warming spicy red licorice. Cedar wood. Red fruits come along later.
Finish: Strong oak. Mix of berries, such as blueberries, cranberries and raspberries rise up late in the aftertaste.
Balance: If this is what you always get when combining rye whisky with Port finish, then why isn’t it a household maneuver with every rye whisky distillery?! Joking aside, I’m sure, or at least I hope, that this expression makes rye-port combination more mainstream.
Kyrö Malt Rye Scoring 95
Distillery: Kyrö Distillery Region: Isokyrö, Ostrobothnia, Finland
Kyrö’s Ruby Port Finish was made to celebrate Finnish Whisky Day
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