Veteran Rye Review: Widow Jane Rye Whiskey – American Oak Aged


Widow Jane Distillery


Undisclosed with Rye and Barley


2 Years Minimum


91 Proof

Price $39.99 (2022)

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Widow Jane Rye Whiskey – American Oak Aged

History – Widow Jane distillery has found an incredible niche due to their access to the sweet, limestone water they pride themselves on. Located in Brooklyn, New York Widow Jane Distillery Address, Widow Jane Distillery purchases wonderful undisclosed bourbons and ryes across the United States and proofs them down using their limestone rich mineral water. You can find a full history on the mines where they collect the limestone water and what makes it so special here: Limestone Water. Other than blending, Widow Jane distills in house and currently are waiting for their 10 year products to finish aging. Their future intent is to use their own mashbill, bourbons and ryes instead of sourcing them. I imagine their products are going to be quite good as they are already master blenders and their in-house mashbills include non-gmo heirloom Baby Jane Corn, malted rye and barley. We look forward to seeing what the future brings for Widow Jane Distillery. 

Value – This Rye is offered at a lot of locations for $39.99. Due to the quality, I would buy this all day long for that price. This is a good one and the price is very fair.

Appearance – This bottle is tall and really resembles a wine bottle. It has a basic label and comes with a corked top. The bottle is filled with a light caramel colored rye whiskey. 

Nose – Light Rye Spice / Honey / Light Citrus / Very Low Alcohol Fumes This rye smells great, however it’s very delicate and light. Personally, I like something a little stronger, but that’s just me being picky. The notes of honey, citrus and rye grain really compliment each other. The alcohol fumes are very minimal. So minimal that you barely notice that this is actually alcohol. This rye smells very crisp and clean as well, probably due to the mineral rich water used in the proofing. This nose is one that you just keep smelling because it’s so enjoyable.

Palate –  Low Heat / Sweet / Rye Grain / Pepper  This Rye has a very nice, refreshing and full feel in the mouth. There is a low amount of alcohol fumes and a low heat level. It has a sugary sweetness to it followed by a grassy rye grain at the mid to back of the palate. There is also a peppery note to it that you donโ€™t notice until right after you swallow. Overall, good flavors and pleasant to sip. 

Finish – Light Heat / Very Dry / Lingering Rye Grain / Nutty  The finish disappoints a little after having such nice flavors and smells. It’s quite dry with a long lingering rye grain note. The finish actually makes you really thirsty. There is also a nutty dry flavor that needs to be mentioned. I couldnโ€™t place it, so I looked at Widow Jane’s page and they call it almond biscuit. After thinking about the description, it makes perfect sense. You get the feeling that you ate a large dry almond scone and now need a big glass of water to wash it down. 

Summary – Overall, it’s really good. The finish disappoints, but it’s not a problem. Just keep drinking to wash it down and worry about the finish when you run out. I really enjoyed the intense flavors they were able to bring out in the palate as well as the notes on the nose. I look forward to reviewing other Widow Jane products.

This rye has wonderful tasting notes and smells. It feels cool and full in the mouth, with low heat and low alcohol fumes. For the price, I definitely recommend this one.

– John McGowan

Uniqueness – 1-10 – 8

Appearance- 1-10 – 7

Nose- 1-20 – 15

Palate- 1-20 – 14

Finish- 1-20 – 11

Value- 1-20 – 18


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Reviewed By:

John McGowan on 1/15/2023

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