• Seth

Treaty Oak Red Handed Rye Review

A light, easy sipper with less complexity than its age would suggest.

Type: Rye Whiskey

Distillery: Sourced from Schenely Distillery

Proof: 100 proof

Age: 10 years

Retail: around $65


Very light for a 10yr. Looks like apple juice in the glass.


Balanced, with no single note that is overpowering Faint hints of green apple, rye spice and a little pepper.


The oak that was absent on the nose shows up here, but it's still muted. It's followed by a nice kick of rye, then clove and dried raisin. A drop of caramel comes in towards the end. Overall, it's fairly light but pleasant. This is not a bold, in-your-face rye, it's more of an easy drinker.


Medium and on the dry side. The sweeter elements disappear, and the spiciness hangs around.


This is an easy sipper, but it's not what you'd expect based on the label. If you told me this was 4-5 years old, I'd say that sounded about right. If you are looking for a light, easy-sipping rye, this should be right up your alley. If you want something bold and aggressive, this is probably not for you. Overall, it's not my favorite rye, but it has a place in my bar.

This sample was provided at no cost courtesy of Treaty Oak Distilling


Thoughts and opinions are my own.



Rating Scale:

This is a general guide of what I consider each score range

4.75 - 5.00: Phenomenal. Hard to imagine anything better. Acquire at any cost.

4.25 - 4.50: Excellent. I'll camp out to get a bottle if necessary.

3.75 - 4.00: Great stuff. I'll buy backups if not too expensive.

3.25 - 3.50: Good stuff. Try to keep one on the bar, but don't spend too much.

2.75 - 3.00: Not bad. I don't regret the purchase but may not buy another.

2.25 - 2.50: Sub-par. I regret the purchase. Reserved for mixed drinks.

1.75 - 2.00: Bad. I'll struggle to finish the bottle. May not want it in cocktails.

0.00 - 1.50: Drain-pour. Something seems wrong with it. Get it away