J. Rieger & Co. Releases 2017 Monogram Whiskey

photo by Samantha Levi

   J. Rieger & Co. has launched its first Monogram Whiskey in nearly 100 years. The limited annual series showcases the distillery’s innovative approach to spirits. The 2017 release, a blend of 11-year rye and 9-year corn whiskey, is finished for 18 months in century-old Sherry Botas supplied by Williams & Humbert, one of the oldest sherry producers in Jerez, Spain.

   The whiskey is made through a system of fractional blending inspired by the solera system in Jerez and obtains its unique character from aging in extremely rare sherry casks (Botas) that were part of the Williams & Humbert 15-year Oloroso sherry solera for the past century. According to the press release, “The sherry Bota is not just a cask-conditioned barrel, it is the most precious commodity of the solera system, which relies on the complexity of extended cask aging and the replenishment of older and younger sherry over time to deliver a unique character.”

   Rieger obtained four 500-liter Botas from the solera Williams & Humbert. Three of the Botas are filled with 9-year corn whiskey, and the fourth Bota is filled with 11-year rye whiskey. The 104-proof Monogram Whiskey combines the dark fruit flavors of the Oloroso sherry with the spices and confectionary tones of the oak Botas.

   Only 1,000 bottles of Rieger’s Monogram Whiskey were made. The whiskey is available in select retailers throughout the metro for $99.99 beginning March 30.

   For more information, visit jriegerco.com.