The Old Pogue Distillery located in Maysville, Kentucky has old in its name for a reason; the Pogue family’s distilling roots date back to 1876. The Old Pogue Distillery sits on the banks of the Ohio River just over an hours drive from Cincinnati, Ohio. While only the foundation of the original H.E. Pogue Distillery still stands, the new small batch craft distillery is housed on the same plot of land and is part of the historic Ryan-Pogue family home.
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Old Maysville Club Kentucky Straight Pure Rye Malt Whiskey
Peter H. Pogue says that “Old Maysville Club” was one of Old Pogue’s original brands with a history dating back to their 1876 roots. At its height pre-Prohibition, Old Maysville Club was known to sell thousands of barrels throughout North America, and even as far away as Japan.
Dumped 5 Barrels of Old Maysville Club Rye
If you follow the Pogue brand, you know it’s often in short supply, so short that they are often sold out. Pogue told us the supply for this latest release is, “limited, but steady, as we dumped five barrels (200 cases) for this initial run , and have more we will be dumping throughout the coming months and going forward.”
This release has a mashbill of 100% pure rye that’s been matured for at least 4 years in new 53 gallon charred American White Oak Barrels. And since it’s bottled in bond, it’s 50% ABV or 100 proof, just as the family formulated over 100 years ago.
The company says that although Old Maysville Club has just been released, it is already receiving critically acclaimed reviews from whisky reviewers, and was just awarded one of a limited number of Silver Medals by the American Craft Spirits Association.
Tasting Notes Provided by Old Pogue Distillery
Color: Gold with a copper wash.
Nose: Toasted pumpernickel bread, with a whiff of mustiness akin to an old grain bin, and a fruity sweet note.
Palate: A current of rye spiciness, restrained by a wallop of toasty grain, and a little nibble of dried apricot coming up at the end.
Mouthfeel: Thick and oily.
Finish: A touch spicy, but overall it is a gentle and lasting experience.
Overall: In the glass a swish puts a thick, sticky coating on the inside of the glass; one that drops legs so reluctantly and slowly, and with such heavy drops, that it is described more of a crown than legs. The main thing about Old Maysville Club is that it is both old fashioned and novel at the same time.
Old Maysville Club Kentucky Straight Pure Rye Malt Whiskey has a suggested retail price of $65 for a 750 ml bottle and will be available throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and in selected areas in Metro New York.