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.
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.