Eastside Distilling Launches Burnside Oregon Oaked Rye Finished in Quercus Garryana Barrels

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Eastside Distilling of Portland, Oregon has announced the initial deliveries of its new Burnside Oregon Oaked Rye. This unique small batch blended rye whiskey is finished inside Oregon Oak (Quercus Garryana) barrels. Burnside Oregon Oaked Rye is the creation of Eastside’s Master Distiller, Mel Heim.

Eastside Distilling - Master Distiller and VP of Operations Melissa Helm

Eastside Distilling Master Distiller and VP of Operations Mel Helm.

Heim commented, “We are thrilled and proud to begin shipping the world’s first rye whiskey finished in Quercus Garryana casks, aka Oregon Oak, right on the heels of winning a first-class Double Gold medal from the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Our new rye is a wonderful spirit that we think is unique to the rye category. The flavor experience is spiced, sweet, balanced and full-bodied. We have been working for years on developing and perfecting our rye and so it has become over time a highly anticipated addition to our line of Burnside Oregon Oak whiskey expressions.”

The launch of the Burnside Oregon Oaked Rye follows the launch of Burnside Oregon Oaked Bourbon, Burnside Goose Hollow RSV Bourbon, and the Burnside West End Blend American whiskey. The new Burnside Oregon Oaked Rye continues with the vibrant new look of the Burnside family of individually screen-printed bottles and produced locally. Burnside’s design, with its bold typography and unexpected color relationships, draws its inspiration from music posters and garage-band flyers littering any number of telephone poles along the busy street.

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Quercus Garryana - Range Map Covering Washington, Oregon and California

Quercus Garryana – Range Map Covering Washington, Oregon and California.

Eastside Distilling says the finished spirit is a blend of straight ryes and straight whiskeys ranging in age, mash-bill and distillation style; each with a distinctive flavor that when blended, creates an expression as unique as the city it was born in. The nose is herbaceous with cassia and coriander, toffee, orange peel, peach, and allspice. The flavor opens with pronounced dried spices and bold peach notes. Progresses mid-palate to a unique balance of malt and cassia and toffee then finishes with warm hints of mint and toasted oak. A unique flavor experience like no other – spiced, sweet, balanced and full-bodied. Distinctly Portland.

This new Burnside Oregon Oaked Rye is 92° Proof / 46% ABV and  joins Burnside West End Blend American whiskey, Burnside Oregon Oaked Bourbon, and Burnside Goose Hollow RSV Bourbon as the fourth member of the Burnside family to be distributed in Oregon and other West Coast states. The new rye can also be found by visiting Eastside Distilling’s Tasting Rooms now.

Burnside Oregon Oaked Rye Finished Inside Oregon Oak (Quercus Garryana) Barrels

Eastside Distilling - Small Batch, Burnside Oregon Oaked Rye Finished in Garryana Barrels

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