From the city of Evanston, Illinois, where the Temperance movement originates, comes a craft distillery that put a stop to long-standing dry laws in these parts. Situated in the backside alley of a former chop shop, Paul Hletko and his skilled team are crafting the finest spirits made from Corn, Rye and Barley. The distillery’s single purpose is to bring the best products made from the best grains, perfectly matured and finished under one roof.
Now to give you a brief backstory. In the 19th century a woman named Francis Elizabeth Willard was elected President of the Chicago Christian Temperance Movement. She embarked on a decade-long crusade to prohibit alcohol in the US, and had succeeded. Mr. Hletko worked hard and lobbied against the law, and eventually, made it go away. Ironically, and hilariously, he’s named his craft spirits after Francis (FEW are the initials of her name). Bold move for sure.
FEW Rye Whiskey is aged in air dried oak barrels and is a meld of Rye, Corn and Malt in its mash. To be particular, 70% Rye, 20% corn and the rest consists of malted Barley. This makes for an exceptionally good Rye Whiskey, one that its creators are proud enough to call “the renaissance of Rye”. Young, and fierce yet really smooth around the corners. An impressive Whiskey from a genuine distillery with a bright future.
Wasn’t impressing. I like rye whisky but I’m glad I didn’t buy a bottle to try it. It would have been a waste. Not a good flavor. Not a good aftertaste.
I don't drink rye on a regular basis but found this to really enjoyable. It balanced between a rye and bourbon. Great nose and mellow finish. I would consider buying a bottle. Great with a cigar.
Excellent! Bought a bottle at my local liquor store immediately after. Great flavor, smooth, and well balanced.
Very clean! I like this and may order. (if only I knew what I get for the $200 membership??)
Definitely liked this one. The spiciness was great. I will be buying this again.
Liked the mouthfeel and butteriness. Disliked the overtly malted barley taste.
I generally enjoy Rye, but the harshness of this one drowned out any flavor profile it had, even with the addition of a little water. I could tell that a nice profile was there, and I think an extra year or two in the barrel would have made a big difference. Just too young for the flavors to come through.
Not as good as my Whistle Pig. Nice to try something without the risk.
Very enjoyable with just enough spice to let you know you are on the rye train.
nice bite and spice.
Just ok - harsh to start. Much prefer others
Great taste for a Rye whiskey. Enjoyable smooth spicy sweet taste
Pretty harsh, decent up front flavor.
It was just okay. Pretty harsh at the start. Some nice back flavors.
A bit too hot, spicy finish, and love the honey and caramel taste.
A very strong up front burn that tickles the back of your throat, but a smooth finish. I personally am not a fan of such a strong start (as well as such a strong burn), but my boyfriend tried it and he likes the finish more than anything.
Lighter than I thought. Taste the malt. Spicy finish
Very smooth whiskey. I did not know I was a fan of rye before I tried this. Definitely going to order a bottle.
ok. I guess, not much of a ray drinker.
Very interesting for a rye. Only reason I didn’t go higher on the rating is because I’m used to most rye’s having more heavier body. If it would have had the flavor it currently has along with a heavier body, I feel the sky would be the limit for this tasty drink. Would be interested to try this in a Sazerac cocktail.
Not bad, but not going to be one of my go-to favorites.
I felt it was very smooth.
A bit too much bite on the first and second sip for my palate.
I like bourbon, and not typically a rye fan, but this was a sample so what the heck. I actually liked it a great deal. It makes me take back all the things I've said about rye...
This was not for me. It had a bad taste and ended up giving me a headache.
Very good taste. Would like to try again. Love the label design.
Nose- Dried Fruit, Honey, Caramel, friendly and inviting
Taste- Honey(lasting), Pepper(up-front but fades very fast), light bite on swallowing but not a lasting alcohol burn, there is a sweet taste right before the pepper that I can't quite put my finger on
Overall- This is my first rye, so I have no comparison for the category, but this is tasty and interesting. Not the first bottle I'd grab off the shelf.
Dry finish for me and barley on the nose. Not my style
Heavy caramel notes, very smooth, I enjoyed it!
Interesting flavor. I would ever have tried it. Probably won't again just because I prefer scotch.
Solid, great aroma and very smooth
I freaking adore this whiskey. It's tremendous in a sidecar and old-fashioned and even better neat.
Not for me not a bad flavor just not my style.
Currently my favorite rye.
Sweetish, but not bourbon sweet. Smooth finish.
I didnt know I liked rye whisky till I tried Few. I'm a fan. Really smooth with a nice finish.
Super smooth and not too spicy for me.
Very different flavors so smooth. We really enjoyed this one.
Very good rye
Definitely a little spice to the taste. Not a huge rye fan but could definitely sip on this every once in a while no problem. Added one ice cube to smooth it out.
Tried the sample -definitely has the spice of rye up front. Decent sample, kind of in the middle of the road. Maybe better in a cocktail.
A good spicy heat.
My be it is just my taste preference, I found it to be little too peaty. Needed to water it down a little to balance the flavors.
Very good spicy Rye.
Not quite the spicy adventure that Whistle Pig delivers, but FEW is growing on me. One thing I like is the spicy and oaky finish.
Not the best bourbon and not the worst - it is smooth with a bit of harshness at the end - good for cocktails or on the rocks - there are better rye for neat.
Not a fan.
Very enjoyable rye. Will add to my bar.
Enjoyable. It had its rye qualities, but it did not separate itself drastically from anything else.
Smooth and easy to drink with a nice finish.
My first rye whiskey. It was smooth. And I loved the sweet and spooky flavors.
Too heavy on the spice. It would be a good rye for a Sazerac, but pricey for just making cocktails.
Very good rye whiskey. Starts off with a pepper kick, and sweet caramel finish. I would recommend this rye to friends and family.
Though this was ok. This is the first chance to solidify that the new member made a good decision to join. This and the scotch only let me know I made a mistake and should cancel my membership. Why why would you do this. You have access to plenty of awesome and broadly liked spirits and this is the first taste that you give?! Sorry to be blunt but this is pretty stupid. You want members to stay and this is not the first impression that you should want. Sorry for the real talk but that is the truth.
This was admittedly my first Rye and after reading some of the reviews I wasn’t sure if I’d like it but it was pleasantly surprising. It does offer the peppery finish as advertised, the first sip being the most pronounced. But as it had more time to open up, it really did prove to be smooth and balanced. I’m partial to bourbons but this was a great switch of pace. I’d recommend it with something that calls for cinnamon in the recipe after dinner but it does just as well as a stand alone glass.
Too spicy for me
Not what I expected from a rye. Too much peppery burn in the finish. The nose was a bit strong for my preference.
I prefer rye to bourbon - I've always preferred spice to sweet. This has a lot of pepper flavor, and is a little harsher than I'd expect at this alcohol content (and price!), but I wouldn't be mad to see this bottle on my shelf.
My favorite of the initial tasting box. This is going to be a staple in my bar going forward.
First experience with rye, and very enjoyable. Very malty, like a beer flavor, with a spicy kick of pepper. I definitely want more of this.
If you like pepper, you’ll like this. Not my flavor for sure
Least favorite of the initial tasting box. Rye whiskey is just not my thing.
A bit too spicy for my taste but, a good rye.
Not very smooth, better finish then beginning
A good whiskey
Decent rye, little too spicy for my taste. Probably better as a base in a cocktail then on the rocks.
I prefer Bourbon on any given day, but after drinking this I may have to switch! The smoothness and caramelized after taste was EPIC!
Liked it. Pretty smooth with spicy notes.
I love this. Can taste the barley and honey mixed with pepper. Awesome combination. Good Job.
My first Rye Whiskey...the nose (Vanilla is what stood out) was even better than the taste. Very smooth finish.
This was my first experience with Rye Whiskey. Really smooth. I would consider stocking this on my shelf.
Really, really liked this bottle. Great smell and taste. I could drink glass after glass of this.
Really smooth, what you'd expect from a nice rye, Just the right amount of spice for my everyday pallet. There are sweet notes at first with the rye building intensity over time. Giving way to a medium spice and a short non-memorable finish for me. Good for sippin on a cold winters night.
This was every bit smooth! Very enjoyable to drink. I am getting a bottle
Much better than the scotch, really smell the Carmel aroma with a barley follow up. Very nice aftertaste.
Very smooth sip, but super harsh spice in the throat. Not the biggest fan.
Nice rye taste without being overpowering. I definitely got some notes of vanilla.
Nice mellow flavor
Spicy and sweet but prefer bourbon
Nice, but I prefer bourbon over rye
Spicy and sweet good sipping Rye
Prefer bourbon over rye, and this confirmed my preference. A little bitter to start with and can certainly taste the pepper at the finish.
Very smooth, but I taste grain compared to the bourbon. So far, I'll go for bourbon over rye.
Fairly good tasting with a little kuck
This one has some kick to it, and I liked it more than I thought I would. Nice and round, once you get past the alcohol burn, opens up quite a bit with a little water.
I received this in a tasting box. While I'm not a rye fan in general, I have to admit this wasn't as dry as I expected. A little more "angry" than I prefer but overall not bad.
Picked up on the honey right away... my first Rye
Loved the sweet and rye taste
Not bad not to bad at all!!!
Not smooth at all. If anything, a bitter petroleum taste.
Huge fan of this smooth and what I like to call relaxing bourbon. This is a bottle I can see myself recommending to friends or bottle that I could just have everyday drink out of. I feel like the fruity taste really popped out to me without no real burn when going down. Rye whiskey has been my go to over the holidays.
More sweet than expected. Definite malted barley taste, not as much pepper as other rye whiskeys I have tried. Quite a bit of spice on the back end. I enjoyed this quite a bit.
I wasn't really a fan of this Rye. First taste was hard to take.
I'm not a huge fan of Ryes, but I did enjoy this one. Nice kick. Strong start, smooth finish. Not sure that I would buy a bottle, but can definitely enjoy with a cigar on a casual night.
Makes a good manhattan. Buttery
Easy drink, hint of caramel, definitely a peppery spicy fruit note. All round a good Rye
Ryes aren’t always my favorite. But this one was pretty good. Sweet but peppery.
Not like any Rye I’ve had before. The spice and pepper are very prevalent flavors. The smell is nice, but that first sip knocked me back!
Very smooth, nice finish. Very complex.
It is good for sipping. I do like it.
Fairly dark rye with mahogany tone. Heavier thick appearance. Thin rye smell with hint of pepper and some type of citrus. Medium body whiskey with a pleasant mix of pepper and caramel. Dry finish that seems to linger a little. Very nice to drink slightly chilled and neat. I used glacier rocks.
Smooth and mild. I didn't pick up all the complexity noted in the flavor spiral, but I really, really enjoyed this whiskey.
Fairly average, had to chase it down with soda though
Did not suit my palate.
Not good. Tastes way too poney
Rye whiskey is not my thing
This was a tasty Rye. Smooth up front, bit of a burn on the back end.
Really unique flavor but delicious
My first tasting was the Few Rye Whiskey and it was really good...it has a smooth taste with a spicy finish...its something i can easily sip
Lovely, spicy, complex rye. Baking spices come through mid-palate with citrus peel flavors.
I do not usually like Rye (Bourbon is my choice) but this Rye is very smooth and light. I would purchase a bottle.
Burn on the backend
This was in my welcome box and I really enjoyed it. I've not tried many ryes but of those I have, I would say this is among the best.
The first sip was smooth rye flavor, slightly sweet, but the burn set in, and a harsh, bitter aftertaste. Tried an ice cube, still didn't find it palatable.
I did not like this rye. It was complex, but I couldn’t get past the rubberbandy/latex flavor. May try again later when I’m more adventurous.
Don't let the Medium Amber color fool you, this rye is much lighter bodied than you might expect. An anise scent, with notes of citrus and honey give way to a cherry and caramel flavor, still colored by lemon zest. Few has a lingering fruity finish, which I didn't expect, and opening it with a few drops of water enhance that fruit taste while still leaving a prominent licorice flavor and smell.
I enjoyed this, however not as much as I was hoping. It was stronger on the spice and sweeter than I prefer. I did like this better with a dot of water.
Good initial taste but not overall
Nice aroma ... heavy on the rye flavor, overpowers a bit but not bad.
Good rye. Was surprised buy the smoothness. You can drink this rye straight.
Sweet caramel aroma. Sweet initially then spice and pepper come through. More dry/bitter than sweet. Tastes low to middle of the road for for rye whiskey. More of a mixer rye than neat.
Very nice aroma. it greeted me - unlike the previous taster which came out swinging. Smooth, well balanced, and just a sharp enough taste that you enjoy and it mellows out. I will add this to my bar - not sure at the price that listed here -but it's very good.
I'm just no a fan of rye.. LoL
A nice rye.
Good take of rye spice up front but the finish doesn’t last and fades to an unrefined lacquer taste.
Ok but better out at a lower price
Very smooth, never been huge on rye whiskey, but this is quite good.
Could definitely taste the rye and barley. Don't know that I could tell the honey, but it was a smooth earthy slightly sweet taste as well.
Decent, but not really my thing. I feel like this would be better in a cocktail.
The most drinkable as neat Rye I've had to date!
Not bad, but not great. I'm getting young oak on this one with not a lot of sweetness. That's not really too much of a problem with a rye, but admittedly my pallet skews toward the sweet side. Good amount of spice, but it was a bit flat and needed to be rounded out by something I can't put my finger on. Not a bad poor by any stretch, just not my favorite rye.
My first time trying rye, but not my last! I can't really add much about it, but as an introduction to the spirit, I will be coming back for more.
Very drinkable, light tasting compared to other Rye's good for mixing
An excellent rye in my opinion. In addition to being exceedingly smooth it has a citrus taste to it that very much compliments the rye. It was great on the rocks and I imagine it would be amazing in an old fashioned to boot!
I love a good rye. While not one of my favorites, this is certainly drinkable. It has the typical spicy, peppery nose that is expected from a Rye, but that is also paired with a touch of caramel. The spiciness carries through onto the taste, but the caramel--almost a salted caramel--is not present until the finish. However, don't expect a heavy sweet palate, this is a brighter, drier whiskey.
Fairly sharp first bite but transitions to a nice finish. Notes of cinnamon and honey very noticeable. Makes a decent old fashioned.
It was okay, right after the pour all I got was old leather. I let it sit for a while and that subsided. However, overall I thought this was a mediocre rye for the price.
My favorite from the Welcome Pack, hits all the spots I love from a good basic sipping whiskey. The honey flavor is cut by the rye and barley, keeping it from running off with the taste. The smell of the fruit is great, I would put this with grilled beef every day.
Scotch like. A nice whisky
I liked it better sipping - but other then that - it was indistinguishable to me from other rye whiskeys
Sip slowly and enjoy. Too much at one time will put you off
Lacks depth, many other bottles at this price point that are worth trying before this one.
Found the malty after taste very enjoyable and made me want a beer
First Rye. Usually prefer a Highlands or Bourbon but this was very smooth though not as oaky as I prefer. Went pretty good with an Arturo Fuente Don Carlos #2
Not really a fan of rye personally but this one is not bad for what it is.
Very smooth rye
This is worth purchasing but I was not too impressed with it
Nothing good about this
The honey and Carmel really stand out to me. Big fan of this rye whiskey
Liked it. Lots of alcohol, but sweetness was good.
My first rye. Great nose and smooth finish. Still prefer a highlands scotch though.
Beautiful, sweet aroma, but the long, peppery finish was stronger than what I would prefer.
Would have like more rye. Bit too smooth for what I was expecting.
Was good enough I ordered a bottle. Really liked it.
I am very picky with rye whiskey since I am not particular to rye whiskey. This one did not strike my tastes.
I like to savor the flavor of my drink. This leaves you wanting another sip. I steer more toward bourbon, but this is definitely worth purchasing.
Nice, smooth, pleasant
This is a great tasting rye
Nice and smooth. This one was a nice surprise.
First introduction to Rye. Pleasantly surprised by the peppery/citrus zing finish. Subtle notes of honey as well but not overpowering.
Normally I pick bourbon over Rye, but this one is buy a bottle of.
I’ve finally found a rye I could enjoy.
Very good flavor at the beginning but has a harsh finish.
Smooth, great caramel tones
One of the best ryes i have tasted, very smooth and not as earthy as most. I am not a normal rye guy but this one could be added to my bar!
one of my favorite ryes right now. very smooth and flavorfull
Not as 'rye-y' as I would have expected, though there were earthy notes. I prefer the profile of Bulleit rye instead.
Definitely will be added to my bar, the spice is drinkable and a great compliment to a good cigar.
I liked the smell of spice and honey however; the initial sip is very stringent. Lots of spice and pepper flavor. The pepper seems to linger longer than I'm comfortable with. Wouldn't have it at my bar.
Smooth and full flavor at start. A little too much after taste of alcohol at the end
Very flavorfull. Really liked it.
Strong alcohol taste frsh finish. Good for old fasihoned.
Wonderful aroma. Definite notes of cinnamon and pepper at the end.
Excellent finish. Hints of cinnamon.
Good rye. Nice cinnamon flavor. Not sure about the price though.
I rather enjoyed this. A very good rye w/just the right amount of spice.
Distinctively rye. Lots of barley. Wifey liked the finishing taste.
This has turned me on to exploring ryes again after swearing them off years ago. Lovely.
Medium bite to it as it goes down but nice finish to it. An enjoyable rye
Smells of vanilla, spicy at the front. Light rye flavor with a hint of rum at the end.
Great rye wiskey
Possibly becoming one of my favorite Ryes
Loved it smooth. I’ve had a couple though.
I didn’t care for the sharp spicy finish, but liked the sweet caramel aroma and the guidance, and justification provided by the spiral.
I'll be honest, I didn't know exactly what to make of it. Few Rye felt as though it didn't know exactly what it wanted to be. There is quite a bit of astringent taste in my sample - but - it really grew on me. I found that the spice wasn't overbearing, and this has that nice "rye" flavor that one would expect.
I certainly wouldn't kick this out of my bar - but wouldn't necessarily spend a fortune on it either.
Not bad. Glad I was able to sample it.
This was a good rye. Not great but good
Smooth, like the caramel, good finish.
I definitely tasted the peppered spicy fruit. I think I would add a little water next time to open it up a bit. This was not for me.
Not typically a rye drinker, however this was nice. Strong at first but had a nice finish.
very nice, smooth.
I really liked this rye whiskey. You can smell the malted barely and honey. Nice sweet pleasent smell bringing this to the lips. I didn't need this watered down and was happy with no ice. The tasting coaster was pretty spot on, I tasted the flavor of caramel with the peppered spicy fruit flavors really hitting me on the back end. I would definitely pour myself a glass with a nice robust cigar.
Spicy and full, full of flavor, nice for sipping
I am new to the rye whiskey scene, but this is a very tasty rye. I would recommend.
Not big on rye but this one is full of flavor. Very enjoyable. Delicate.
It is an ok drink that is not worthy of note. It is an acquired taste that is not for me.
Pretty good, but i need other ryes to campare.
Similar to Breckenridge in flavor with a harsher bite but the smoother finish and simpler, better flavor. But it's similar in that the combination of sweets (especially honey) and in this case barley end up making it taste like cough syrup. Will not buy again.
It’s ok, nothing special
Mild and does well with a splash of hot water
I really enjoyed this whiskey. This is something that I'll for sure purchase. The honey and caramel is the perfect amount. The spice at the end is perfect. I enjoy dry flavors so this was right up my alley. I usually don't like the whiskey, but this has changed my mind.
Ok whiskey. I liked it but there are others I would prefer.
Delicious. Ordered a bottle!!
Taste almost spicy (like hot) and like honey. A little light of a taste, especially compared to color.
Not a fan
Was a little to bitter for me at first but after the ice melted a little it became much better.
Not a Rye fan but it was good.
Excellent finish. Great taste
Was ok but prefer the cheaper bulliet rye
Very Nice Rye
Strong Caramel flavor. Loved it. Best Rye I have tried.
Smooth with black pepper body, but the fruit notes was more than expected.
Exceedingly smooth with a delicious black pepper body.
Surprised me with fresh, fruit notes, and pleasant finish. I don’t believe I’ve had any rye impact my attention like this before.
Love this. My favorite rye
Very drinkable! Complex but smooth.
Perfect bbq drink
Tastes like summer in a glass. Huge front notes of freshly cut grass. Gorgeous stuff.