FEW spirits has come a long way in a short time. Having only started in 2011 and producing a range of spirits including whiskey, bourbon and even gin they are now a reasonably well-known brand and you can often see their bottles sat on the shelves of big supermarket chains here in the UK (I believe it is harder to pick up a bottle in some parts of the US).
For me it is a little overpriced for what it is as is the case with many of these craft distillery offerings, but I won’t hold that against it. “If it tastes good, I like it”, that is my incredibly unsophisticated motto!
FEW was founded in by Paul Hletko who wanted to set up a distillery in honor who owned a brewery in Czechoslovakia during the Second World War which was taken by the Nazis.
They are based in Evanston, Illinois near Chicago and I must say I’m a big fan of their branding. But that’s just labels and stuff right? Who cares about that shit, what’s the whiskey like?
Let’s find out by grabbing a spade and digging into my review of the Few Rye:
On their website:
“The generous rye content is married with the sweetness of corn for a genteel interpretation of the venerable spirit. Patiently aged in air-dried oak barrels, its spicy character transcends mere resurgence. Behold – the renaissance of rye.”
Floral and lemony giving way to brown sugar, cinnamon and treacle. Apricots in syrup. Grains. Very unique and interesting.
Dried apricot. Buttery with lemon curd and some rye but it’s a light and gentle spice. I think it’s the fruitiest rye I’ve ever had, bursting with pears, peaches and citrus. A slight honey sweetness underpins it all.
The spice makes more of an appearance on the finish with nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and cloves. It’s a repeater (keeps coming back) and it ends with some tobacco and cocoa.
If I had to try and sum this up in just one word it would be “interesting”. I like interesting.
It is unique with loads of fruit for a rye and a fresh, floral almost Bohemian quality (if that makes any sense at all!).
Each stage of the drink from nose to finish offers something new. I like it a lot.
I’d recommend trying a bottle though if you like a mega spicy rye it may not be the one for you.