Review 2017-065 «Specifics» Rye whiskey • Distilled from 70% rye, 20% corn, and 10% malted barley • 46.5% Alcohol • Matured for 3 years in American oak barrels • Chill filtered (?) • Natural coloured • FEW Spirits • Evanston • Illinois • U.S.A. • Widely available •  price ±€60-84 • Whiskybase #74958

STORY. FEW Spirits is situated in Evanston, the home town of the Temperance Movement that led to the prohibition in the early 20th century. With 7 employees and a small production facility, founder Paul Hletko proclaims to be the rebel who swims against the rising tide of commercial large-batch American whiskeys. His story has already become a successful one with his pocket full of prices and his reputation as a high quality small-batch spirit maker established. Let us have a look at one of his creations.


APPEARANCE. Distinctive and authentic design, colour of the contents is like orange-infused caramel and likely natural coloured.

NOSE. At first this is rather sweet for a rye with lots of fruits (blackberries, black cherries) followed by bread and sweet juicy wood. A roundness that feels much older than 3 years. It goes on with caramelising brown sugar, a hint of campfire, sweet flowers, perfume, and caramelised oranges. (water) Now more liquorice, whole grain bread, butterscotch cookies and grain can be found.

TASTE. The palate is much more spicy with a lot of pepper, and also more woody. Then orange skin appears, along with a hint of mint, black cherries. It is slightly sharp. (water) This makes it better. There are fresh fruits (peaches, apple, pears), rose jam, dried red fruits (raspberries), freshly baked buns, caramel, butterscotch, roasted chestnuts, grain, apple pie with cinnamon and lemon zest. Very nice.

VERDICT. A total different experience from the previous (young) rye that I have tasted, since this is much sweeter, smoother and fruitier. A lot of the time it does not even feel like a rye whiskey. I like it, anyway!

Recommended for people who tend to find rye whiskey too spicy.

Thanks to Norbert for the sample!

«What others say»

  • @Whiskybase: Mean score of 82.00 (1 vote)
  • @Whiskeywash: “I found the Few Rye smooth and uncomplicated, though a bit one-dimensional” Score: 75/100 (
  • @Bourbonbanter: “If you have the chance to buy a bottle I would go for it”
  • @Thewhiskeyjug: “I really… really… REALLY like this rye” Score 93/100
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