Hannisville Rye

Dating from 1863 according to family lore, but certainly not later
than 1913

Tasting notes on the rye, from Dave Hughes, acclaimed author and
internationally respected wine and spirits judge for over 30 years:

The initial nose is kind of ethereal and somehow mysterious !
There is a slight whiff of vanilla which disappears rapidly leaving a nose as
clear as a bell with resounding high notes of ginger, fruitcake, some burnt
toast and dry, brown spice followed by a hint of licorice.  There is a slight
caramel note along with some treacle. All very intense and giving the
impression of “sweetness”. Yet turns out to be decidedly dry in the mouth.

Rich, deep and haunting in the mouth with massive fruit edging seamlessly
into mint. Then the sweet impression gives way to a gentle oiliness which in
turn surrenders to a very dry palate. There are flashes of honey wax which
adds to the overall complexity.

On a second sip there appears an underlying , rich fruitiness with hints of
tangerine, orange and even lemon. All of which seem fairly youthful and
belies the age of the whiskey. Always ending dry and crisp.

With time in the glass a whole host of aromas accumulate. Hints of old
honey from a bushveld hive, some smokey notes, hint of charcoal. Mint and
lemon zest.  Intensity builds all the time. The ginger and licorice seems to
hover there abouts most of the time.

Impossible to nail down a simple description as each sniff and sip delivers
different characters. It  definitely has no clear start or finish. It simply rolls
on forever !

I left a fraction in the glass overnight and it was just the same in the
morning. Had lost nothing of it’s fascination and was still delivering a full
measure !

A fascinating product and a once in a life time experience.
Pre-prohibition gin, believed made at the Hannisville
Distillery

Dating from 1913 or earlier

Tasting notes on the gin, from Dave Hughes, acclaimed author and
internationally respected wine and spirits judge for over 30 years:

They say that spirits do not change once they are in the bottle. However,
this gin has definitely taken on an aura of majesty that can only come from
age. Then, despite the mature notes it still has, amazingly enough, the
freshness associated with modern gin.

The immediate nose is strongly herb-like with a massive citrus backing.  
Then the nose slowly responds with a slow issue of complex botanicals, so
well melded together, it difficult to single out any particular one. However,  
the amalgam is magnificent. So why bother with separate identities?
This remarkable cache of pre-prohibition rye, whiskey and gin is believed to originate from
casks purchased by John Welsh of Philadelphia, US ambassador to Great Britain in the late
1870's.

The original owner writes:

The Hannisville Rye you purchased has been in my family since 1913 if not longer. Family lore has it
that the Hannisville Rye was distilled in 1863, was held in oak barrels for 50 years or until 1913
when it was put into the carboys now in your possession. The rye was purchase by my great-great
grandfather, John Welsh of Philadelphia who had served as Ambassador to the Court of Saint James,
1877-1879. He purchased these rare spirits along with some other friends in Philadelphia; I have
located another family that has some of the same Hannisville Rye. They too treat it as a family
heirloom. The carboys you have were initially stored at the Merchants Cold Storage and Warehouse
Co. of Providence, RI. The storage tags were stapled to the crates. The carboys were then moved to
my great-father's summer home, Shadow Farm in Wakefield, RI where they remained until 1985,
when at my grandmother's death they were moved to my parent's home in Saunderstown, RI. In
2003 the carboys came into my possession at my mother's passing. For the first time in almost 100
years the Hannisville Rye has passed from my family. I hope that you and your aficionados of rare
fine spirits will enjoy them.
- The "Hannisville Cache" -
Rye whisky believed distilled 1863
2 carboys of magnificent pre-prohibition rye
2 carboys of pre-prohibition whiskey
1 carboy of superb pre-prohibition gin
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1865-1913 Hannisville RYE at GBP £135

The Hannisville Rye has been carefully decanted into sterile laboratory-grade 200ml flask-shape
amber glass sample bottles. 200ml is enough for 8 metric tots.

This is a unique opportunity to taste a pre-prohibition rye whisky from a legendary Philadelphia
distillery.

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rye and the gin available for purchase in 200ml sample bottles.
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The Hannisville Gin has been carefully decanted into sterile laboratory-grade 200ml flask-shape
clear glass sample bottles. 200ml is enough for 8 metric tots.

This is a unique opportunity to taste a pre-prohibition gin from a legendary Philadelphia distillery.

The price of £135 INCLUDES worldwide PRIORITY shipping, there are NO additional shipping
costs.
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There is no “attack” in the mouth , it simply glides elegantly across the tongue oozing very attractive and complex meld of flavours.

With time in the glass the citrus notes begin to take over while the mature herby character is always there. It would appear that
coriander must have been a major component as it begins to show after a long while in the glass. All rests on a gentle supporting
spice.

There is a fullness in the mouth that makes for the smoothest texture yet ends as dry as can possibly be.

An absolute once in a lifetime encounter to experience and wonder about.  

(Tasted over a period of three days. A fresh pour on each occasion.......giving the same character on each occasion).

Tasting notes on the gin, fromTed Breaux, pioneering US distiller and expert on historical spirits:

The gin is much lighter than the typically juniper-heavy London-dry style that dominates today.  It is far more like the lighter,
sweeter Old Tom style that was popular in both the UK and the U.S. toward the end of the 19th century, which was specified in
many of the gin cocktails in the earliest bartender guides - cocktails that aren't as enjoyable when overpowered by juniper.  What
is significant is that it is isn't a 'Holland gin' with malt wine base, but is an example of the newer style (for the period), which was
based upon a redistillation of a neutral spirit - something not possible until after the invention of the multi-plate alembic in the
1830s.