The Gospel Distillers has launched its new rye whiskey range, made from an unmalted rye sourced from the Murray Mallee region in South Australia.

The Melbourne-based distillers will first launch Solera Rye – a blend of multiple batches, processed through a bespoke Solera system, in a combination of New American Oak and Australian Wine Barrels – and later with a Straight Rye Whiskey, both made in American style.

Ben Bowles and Andrew Fitzgerald, The Gospel Distillers founders, have built the company on the traditions of American Rye and Bourbon distilleries, and have a custom-designed six-metre-high Column and Copper Pot Still.

“It has been a long road to creating The Gospel but the results speak for themselves,” said Bowles.

“What we’ve created is a unique blend of American style combined with 100 per cent Australian ingredients and production.”

 “It’s a particularly exciting time to be producing in Australia with the growing popularity and demand for rye spirits.”

The first official tastings of The Gospel Solera Rye will take place during Sydney Bar Week at the Indie Spirits session on 15 September at Restaurant Hubert. It will be available in trade, distributed by Vanguard Luxury Brands, from 16 September.

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