In the pre-Prohibition years, Rieger’s Monogram Whiskey was the flagship label of J. Rieger & Co. This label sat dormant for nearly a century but is now back, as limited-edition releases of specialty whiskeys. We are using the Rieger’s Monogram label as a way to release extremely unique whiskeys that are a reflection of the creativity of our team and our partners as well as our passion for innovation. We hope to release at least one version of Rieger’s Monogram on an annual basis, with the style of whiskey, finishing techniques, type of barrels, proof, age, and other factors ever changing. We did not enter into this project with any future releases of Rieger’s Monogram pre-determined but rather we are seeing where our own creativity, opportunities, partnerships, friendships and dumb luck take us. We needed an outlet for ideas and opportunities as they come to us so we are taking this project one year at a time.
On the nose is caramelized orange peel, nutmeg, and toasted marshmallow.Hints of dried mint & sage. Buttered toast and salted caramel, cigar tobacco,and fruity hints of black cherry and dried apricot.
Sweet and spicy notes, including cinnamon popcorn and burnt clove. Even with the complex and rich flavor profile, the mouthfeel is soft and elegant. The balance between smoke, earthiness, fruit & spice is profound. Long finish with deep earthy notes, espresso, and dark chocolate.
Reminiscent of a good pipe, with an almost Cavendish taste, it is also earthy, with mushroom and cedar notes. It starts as butterscotch barrels, but turns into sassafras, with the fruit of caramel apples, ripe apricots, chestnuts and savory caramelized root vegetables.
Some high note spices of nutmeg and clove, with perhaps a touch of cinnamon, but soft, with a hint of ginger candy, make it finish like pecan pie. This rich, deeply layered and complex whiskey is extremely well-balanced and has a very long finish.
Lovely, dark fruit and caramel notes, with an almost demerara and toffee tone lead, but the Whiskey itself is dry as a bone. Creamy, full, soft and rich. It is unctuous, dark and mysterious, and yet absolutely balanced and gorgeous. Dates, peaches, plums, figs, and chocolate-covered cherries are balanced with a touch of vanilla and high note spices of cinnamon and clove, and surrounded by the velvet of sweet caramel, maple syrup, coffee, toffee, cacao, honey, finishing very nutty, with the flavors of cashews and even pecans.
It is confectionary in the mid-palate, without being sweet, and has a long, almond marzipan finish. This is a true Oloroso-cask finished Whiskey. It is all about the Whiskey, perfectly balanced with the elements of the Oloroso, and the nuances of the oak Bota, with the depth of flavor that only these special old barrels can deliver.