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Unbendt Bottled in Bond Straight Rye Review

Unbendt Bottled in Bond Straight Rye Review


Distilled by Bendt Distilling in Lewisville, TX


Bendt Distilling was founded in 2012


Released in September 2023


MSRP: ~$60


Bottling proof: 100°

Proof off the still: 150°

Barrel entry proof: 120°


Age: at least 5.5 years


Fermentation: 3 days


Mashbill: Elbon rye, Triticale, Naked Streaker oats, & Marris Otter malted barley


Triticale is a wheat-rye hybrid grain


Barrel size: 53 gallons


Char level: No. 3.5


Barrel manufacturer: East Bernstadt Cooperage (EBC)


Color 👁️: Orange-ish


Nose 👃: Spearmint.  Dark stone fruits. Rye spice.  Caramel.


Palate 👅:  Caramel.  Rye spice. Black pepper. Baking spices. Dark stone fruits. Highly viscous.


Finish 🏁: Dark stone fruits.  Rye spice. Baking spices. Long in length.


Overall thoughts?  I’ve now tried every expression from Bendt Distilling… and they’ve all been highly enjoyable.  Bendt deserves the same attention as the other top Texas distilleries.  You’re going to love this rye!  It tastes great, but it’s also unique in that it’s a 4-grain with the rare triticale.  I’d say this is the best Texas rye I’ve had yet.  Going outside of Texas, it’s likely one of the five best ryes I’ve had in 2023.  It’s good… very good.



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