Review #241 Elvis The King Rye


Distillery: Sourced from Undisclosed Distiller Proof: 90 Age: NAS Mashbill: 95% Rye, 5% Malted Barley BACKGROUND: In late 2021, Grain & Barrel Spirits, a South Carolina based spirits company, announced that they would be launched a new whiskey brand to pay homage to the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. They launched a Tennessee Whiskey and this straight Rye whiskey. This whiskey is named after the man himself, Elvis, who was known also as Tiger Man. According to Grain & Barrel, the whiskey is sourced, “blended by an expert team of whiskey experts and bottled in Tennessee, where Elvis began his career and called home.”

NOSE: Thin and light with hints of peppermint candies, black pepper, cereal. The nose hints at quite a young whiskey. (18/25)

PALATE: Opening up with a grassy taste that seems to force its way to bring out some bitter chocolate, charred oak, and soft vanilla. Like the nose it is thin and on the weaker side. (28/40)

FINISH: The finish is barely present with notes of ethanol and very very feint rye. (17/25)

VALUE: Unfortunately with a $50 SRP this one is tough to justify (5/10)

Overall: 68/100

FINAL THOUGHTS: Elvis The King Rye was a disappointing whiskey. The Elvis collection makes for a cool addition to the bar cart and for that special Elvis Presley fan in your life. We recommend this to anyone who likes light whiskey or for those new to whiskey.

Similar & Slightly Better Whiskey: Bulleit Rye Similar & Equal Whiskey: Riverboat Rye Whiskey Similar & Slightly Worse Whiskey: Woodford Reserve Rye

Tell us what you think and give us some feedback! Scoring Legend: 96-100: The perfect dram, juice of the gods 90-95: Near perfect, truly incredible whiskey 85-89: Amazing whiskey, will always try to keep a backup bottle of this 80-84: Very good, some minor flaws here or there 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink, Will try and keep a bottle on the shelf 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get this 60-69: Decent, would offer this up to non whiskey drinkers 50-59: Not my cup of tea Below 50: Give away

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