BEAVER DAM, Ky. — Hemingway Whiskey Company today announced the highly anticipated debut of its core expression, Hemingway Rye Whiskey Signature Edition. This new offering is family-made and builds upon eight generations of Kentucky whiskey heritage. In addition to Kentucky, Tennessee, and Florida, Signature Edition will be available in 10 new states for the brand.
Hemingway Rye Whiskey Signature Edition represents the coming together of three families, eight generations, and one mission: to tell a new story, rich in history, via high-quality Kentucky rye whiskey. The new whiskey draws its inspiration from the legacy of the legendary American author, journalist, and storyteller, Ernest Hemingway. His family works in true collaboration with Hemingway Whiskey Company, sharing behind-the-scenes stories of the writer and helping the team uncover hidden gems to be used as inspiration for the brand.
The Groth family, including Hemingway Whiskey Company Founder and Leader Steve Groth, a whiskey pioneer and co-founder of the revered Angel’s Envy Bourbon, brought the brand to life through rich storytelling and authentic promotion. The Call family, Seventh-Generation Master Distiller Ron Call and his sons, Call Family Ambassador Clayton Call and Eighth-Generation Master Distiller Jacob Call, hand source, blend, and finish the rye whiskey, building on generations of distilling expertise and innovation. The Call Family’s whiskey roots reach back to the earliest days of Bourbon when Samuel Call distilled whiskey on his Kentucky farm in the late 1700s. This whiskey stands as a testament to their passion, tradition, and commitment to crafting high-quality spirits.
“We’ve been thrilled to see the overwhelmingly positive reception to our inaugural whiskey releases, and we couldn’t be more proud to share our Signature Edition,” said Steve Groth, Founder of Hemingway Whiskey Co. “Our families came together to create this new whiskey, filled with tradition and passion, and we can’t wait to hear what people think.”
The first batch of Hemingway Rye Whiskey Signature Edition is a blend of straight rye whiskeys – 90% 6-year-old Indiana Straight Rye and 10% 4-year-old Kentucky Straight Rye, the latter crafted by Master Distiller Jacob Call. Both whiskeys undergo a special finish in Master Distiller Ron Call’s own rum-seasoned Oloroso Sherry casks, resulting in a perfect balance of sweet and spicy flavors. The whiskey is a robust 102 proof and a dark amber color. Rich and full of character, this new rye whiskey has notes of dried fruits and raisins, toasted nuts, nutmeg and cocoa on the palate, and followed by a hint of citrus zest. This leads to a complex grand finale of baked fruit, a touch of baking spices, and a lingering caramel sweetness. Judges at the ASCOT Awards called Signature Edition “a lovely, lovely whiskey” and commented that it has “a beautiful balance between this warm, spicy, and orange peel flavored whiskey and the wine barrel influence.”
“Crafting a new signature whiskey is a significant endeavor for any distiller, and the entire Hemingway Whiskey team has worked hard to get it just right,” said Jacob Call, a Master Distiller of Hemingway Whiskey Co. “When tasting the new Signature Edition Rye Whiskey, you’ll get a smoothness mixed with complexity. It has the traditional rye spice notes but because it was finished in my dad’s rum-seasoned Oloroso Sherry casks, it has just the right sweetness to soften the spice. This is a whiskey we were all extremely proud to put our signatures on.”
The home for Hemingway Rye Whiskey will be the new Western Kentucky Distilling Co. in Beaver Dam, Kentucky, co-founded by Jacob Call. The distillery is proud to support the Kentucky economy by purchasing all equipment in the state and using all locally grown Kentucky corn. The distillery will be open for visitors in the future, when Hemingway Rye Whiskey fans will be able to see the passion that goes into each bottle first-hand.
About Hemingway Rye Whiskey
Hemingway Rye Whiskey is a premium rye whiskey brand from the Hemingway Whiskey Company, a team with deep roots in Kentucky whiskey, inspired by the legacy of the legendary American author, journalist, and storyteller, Ernest Hemingway. It is led by Steve Groth, a whiskey pioneer and co-founder of the revered Angel’s Envy Bourbon brand, alongside the Call family, represented by Ron, Jacob, and Clayton, a distilling dynasty with more than 230 years of whiskey-making expertise. The Hemingway Whiskey Company, with its home at Jacob Call’s Western Kentucky Distilling Co. in Beaver Dam, Kentucky, is part of Old Man and the Sea Brands®, an innovative spirits company known for bringing high-quality spirits and captivating stories to enthusiasts. The Hemingway Whiskey Company invites all whiskey enthusiasts to join the Hemingway Social Club, a vibrant community offering exclusive access to new releases and exciting merchandise drops.
For more information please visit www.hemingwaywhiskeys.com