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OMG had a different meaning in the 1800's - Old MononGahela rye. The Monongahela is a river in western Pennsylvania named after a Latinized version of the Native American word Mechmenawungihilla. The word means "falling banks" in reference to the geological instability of the river's banks, which are high, get washed out and therefore collapse. This region was the site of America's first civil war, the Whiskey rebellion of 1794. It later became the epicenter of American distilling when whiskey production boomed in the 1800's. Monongahela whiskey was considered so marvelous that it became the standard spirit of the young nation. Of the 2500 known stills in American, most were in this area; in 1810, Kentucky produced 2.2 million gallons of whiskey from primarily corn, Pennsylvania produced 6.5 million gallons of mostly Monongahela rye. Historians think the world began expect that whiskey should be barrel aged because it took longer for Monongahela rye to get to its markets on the East coast - and it tasted darn good. OMG was considered world class, even earning a shout out in Melville's Moby Dick ("unspeakable old Monongahela") in 1851. OMG's dynasty grew even more after the Civil War destroyed nearly all transportation from Kentucky south. But Prohibition changed all this. The distilleries in Pennsylvania all went out of business and the industry there never recovered to the extent the bourbon distilleries in Kentucky did. Rye whiskey had faded away...until now. High West is proud to be part of bringing back a true American product. They have painstakingly researched the recipe for their OMG Pure Rye, made from 80% rye and 20% malted rye. While it patiently ages to become true OMG, they thought you might like the un-aged version because its, OMG! Pretty good!
They like their OMG neat at room temp - this allows you to taste every bit of goodness in this delicious whiskey! However, OMG is also really good as the base in a mixed drink. Here are a few favorites: The 1794 The Whiskey Rebellion, OMG Manhattan, OMG Whiskey Cocktail (an old fashioned "Old Fashioned").
Nose - Big and complex starting with plums, strawberries, green apple, ripe banana and pomelos followed by rye grain, clove spice, mint, and herbs. Taste - Citrus fruit resounds leading to rosemary herbal spiciness. Finish - Very long indeed, herbal with a lingering note of Meyer lemon.
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