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Mad River Distillers is a craft producer of whiskey, rum and brandy in the heart of Vermont’s Mad River Valley. The ingredients for the spirits are sourced regionally from non-GMO, fair trade and organic suppliers and the mashing, fermenting, distilling and aging occur on site at the distillery in Warren, Vermont. The current line includes two flagship whiskies and 3 limited release whiskey offerings, 2 cocktail rums and 3 aged rums, and an apple brandy. Mad River Distillers is available in New England, New York and California, as well as direct from the distillery at their their tasting rooms in Burlington and Waitsfield, Vermont.

In 1799, at the time of George Washington’s death, his estate was the largest producer of whiskey in the United States, turning out 11,000 gallons of rye each year.

Between the combination of Prohibition and the availability of cheaper alternative grains, rye gradually fell out of favor.  A decade ago, you would be hard pressed to find a single bottle of rye on the back shelf of a bar. Since then, Washington’s spirit has seen something of a rebirth, and small American craft distilleries have taken up the challenge to re-create the magic of this peppery and complex distillate.


At Mad River Distillers, we take this one step further.  Our rye whiskey is carefully fermented from local and organic rye and distilled using our German still to bring out its delicate nuances.  It is earthy and peppery with hints of walnut, berry and tropical spice. We use three distinct rye varietals, including chocolate malted rye, which lends the spirit a cocoa richness and finish. We use an “all rye” mash bill, with a portion of “toasted rye” which releases aromatic chocolate and mocha notes into the distillate. The result is the perfect rye for making cocktails or drinking neat. Made in Vermont.

  • Bottle Size750
  • DistilleryMad River
  • StyleRye Whiskey
  • RegionEast Coast
  • AgeNA
  • ABV48%
  • Country of OriginUnited States
  • Cask StrengthNo
  • Cask TypeNew Charred American Oak
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Published March 31, 2022

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