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Few Flaming Lips Brainville Rye Whiskey



Few Flaming Lips Brainville Rye Whiskey

Like Few’s award winning rye, this release is made from a mash that uses corn, rye, and malted barley grown within 150 miles of the distillery. "The corn comes from a farmers co-op in Indiana and my barley and rye from farmers in Wisconsin," notes Hletko. After mashing and fermenting the grains using French wine yeast, Hletko distills the wash through his 1,500-liter Kothe copper-pot still.

After distillation, the rye is aged in custom-made oak barrels from Minnesota. "The cooper I eventually chose to make our barrels won 24 out of 25 categories at a spirits competition I visited," Hletko says. "I'm no math major, but that's the cooper I want to make our barrels." The #3 char on the barrels gives Few Rye hints of allspice and peppercorn, which are followed by notes of dark caramel and cinnamon. In addition, the casks contribute slightly sweet hints of honey and vanilla, which are nicely balanced by a spicy finish that intensifies as it lingers. 

After aging the rye, Hletko and his team of distillers fill each bottle by hand, affixed with an artistic label inspired by the psychedelic rock group, the Flaming Lips. Music industry designer Justin Helton approached the folks at FEW about the partnership. A long-time Flaming Lips fan who has also done graphic design work for Ween, Phish, and the Black Keys among others, Helton wanted to create a special product dedicated to one of his favorite bands.

Upon release, Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne remarked: “Whiskey … it’s such a volatile drink. Upon pouring a drink it’s like accepting that you may become a werewolf … And really ... Who doesn't want to become a werewolf ??? Ha.” Here’s hoping this rye doesn’t actually turn you into a werewolf, that might be fun for you but it would be decidedly terrifying for everyone else. Perhaps it will inspire in you some level of transcendence nonetheless.

This is a limited release of 5,000 bottles -try one today!

Tasting Notes

FEW + Flaming Lips Brainville Rye Whiskey has an expressive aroma of citrus and smoke. The palate delivers notes of stone fruits, apple and pear succeeded by a sharp finish of peppercorn and allspice.

Proof 80 (40% ABV)