As seventh-generation distillers, we have another favorite pastime: reminiscing. In 1871, M.C. Beam began his distilling career under the supervision of his Uncle Jack Beam. By 1883, he was a partner at his own operation, where he brought his son Guy — Steve and Paul Beam’s grandfather — into the business. Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey is – what might have been in a bottle, reawakening the stills of M.C. Beam that were silenced by Prohibition – It always felt it was an unfinished chapter in our book. Limestone Branch Distillery introduced Minor Case Rye in February, 2017. The whiskey was inspired by Limestone Branch founders Steve and Paul Beam’s great-grandfather, Minor Case Beam. Minor Case Beam operated a distillery prior to prohibition, but passed away shortly after it’s repeal. He made rye whiskey during his pre-prohibition days, and it was his specialty. This rye was inspired by him and meant to pay tribute to his distilling legacy. Incidentally, this whiskey’s mash bill shares the same 51% rye component as Beam family recipes dating back to the 1930s.
The aroma is soft on entry, but there’s a lot going on – sweet summer fruits, floral notes, and a hint of rye spice are most prominent. It has a familiar MGP rye bouquet, but with additional complexity brought by the fruit and floral notes. The palate shows from the first sip that it is also soft on entry with cherry, raisin and caramelized sugar. A touch of rye spice along with an almost port-like flavor round out the backend. Being a finished rye, the sherry cask finish seems to become more evident here. It’s gentle and easy to drink, with a well-rounded and nicely integrated flavor profile. The sweetness lingers, but it’s soft and subtle right until the end.