Monday January 27, 2014 | 02:16 PM

Ned Wight of New England Distilling announced Monday the launch of his Gunpowder Rye whiskey,  a Maryland-style rye whiskey brewed from local grains and distilled in New England Distilling’s traditional copper pot still.

According to the Portland-bsaed distillery, after the whiskey goes through double distillation, it spends a year maturing in American white oak barrels. Its spicy rye character is followed by notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel.

Other local craft distilleries are working on their own whiskeys. Maine Craft Distilling in Portland is aging a single malt whiskey, and Sweetgrass Winery & Distillery has been aging its own whiskey since 2011.

For more information on New England Distillery's Gundpowder Rye, go to

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