Whiskey Advocate Magazine announced their “Craft Whiskey of the Year” award today. The winner is Evanston, IL based FEW Spirits’ Rye. The distillery which is only a few (sorry couldn’t resist) years old and was started by Master Distiller Paul Hletko who had a tough road ahead of him. Evanston was the stronghold of the Temperence Movement that eventually lead to Prohibition being enacted in 1920, and has historically followed Frances Elizabeth Willard’s attitude toward alcohol. Starting the distillery meant changing nearly 100 years of laws before he could begin tackling the issues of running a new business.
A well deserved accolade for one of the next generations great craft distilleries, well done guys!
For the curious we’ve rerun of our review of the excellent FEW Rye (and for the thirsty you can pick up a bottle yourself online from Caskers):
Stats – 46.5% alcohol, Evanston, IL
Price – $65
Color – Reddish amber
Nose – Spicy and fiery
Palate – A distillery opening in the early haven of the temperance movement is big news, and even better news is that FEW is incredibly talented. A good dose of cinnamon and spice in this rye. It’s still a little sweet and surprisingly rich. The richness builds all the way through this drink while the heat fades for a pleasingly sweet finish. One of the best ryes on the market, track this one down if you like your rye tame and civilized.
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