Jim Rutledge always said he wanted to make a rye, and Kirin, the owner of Four Roses always refused. But now that is has started his own distillery. . .
High Plains is a blend of five straight whiskeys, each of which has its own special recipe, varying from 51% rye grain to 100% rye, and yeast strain. While the exact sources of each blend aren’t named, the states that they come from are.
This is the first rye whiskey from J.W. Rutledge Distillery, which is spearheaded by master distiller Jim Rutledge, the man behind the Four Roses revival and plenty of other quality bourbon on shelves today. In 2019, Rutledge reintroduced Cream of Kentucky bourbon, a brand that was discontinued in the 1980s.