Jim Beam Rye: Wheaty like a cracker. Grassy, grainy. Not harsh on the nose. 80 proof. This particular rye is sort of non-descript compared to others I have sampled and reviewed. A little spice to it. Taste: Definite burn. Spice like cinnamon bark. Rough around the edges. A little flat. Not a lot of strong character coming through, but fits well as an ordinary rye. Cherry tones. Peach pit possibly buried in the flavor. Slight hint of nut – maybe pecan. Not too pricey, so it makes a great mixer to play with for rye based cocktails.
Red Rye – created by Cheri Loughlin
1-1/4 ounce Jim Beam Rye
3/4 ounce Red Stag by Jim Beam
Lemon Twist Garnish
Build in rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with fresh lemon twist pinched over drink to ensure essential oils spray into the mixture. Drop lemon twist in glass. Stir.
Slight hint of lemon allows a bit of chocolate in the Red Stag to show through. Sweetness reigns supreme, but not as defined as if Red Stag stood alone. Jim Beam Rye is the real winner here. Wonderful spice warms to the Red Stag rounding out this simply put together drink.