Three Rangers Rye Whiskey

In 2012, retired Army Rangers John Collett and Jack Landers founded the Three Rangers Whiskey Company to benefit their Three Rangers Foundation. As younger men, Collett and Landers served together at the Fort Benning, Georgia-based 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and compiled extraordinary combat service records.

When they first met, Collett had just returned from Somalia where he was wounded during the Battle of Mogadishu depicted in Black Hawk Down, a film he did stunts for later in life. On October 3, 1993, he earned a Bronze Star Medal for Valor for saving other mens’ lives. Landers was a new Ranger when he originally met Collett, as he began his career as a helicopter mechanic in an Iowa-based reserve unit in the early 1990s. In 1993, he volunteered for active duty service as an artilleryman and graduated from the Ranger Indoctrination Program the same day elements of B Company, 3/75 returned from Somalia. 

Following September 11, 2001, Landers fought in some of the most dangerous places on earth, including Shkin firebase in eastern Afghanistan in 2001 and around Haditha Dam in 2003. Landers remained in the Special Operations community for the rest of his career, which was defined by many more high-intensity deployments.

In retirement, Landers and Collett linked up to launch Three Rangers. Collett had been distilling whiskey at the KOVAL Distillery in Chicago and developed a rudimentary business plan to use whiskey in support of combat veterans in need. Collett, Landers, and a handful of other Ranger Regiment combat veterans applied for distilling licenses, labels, and created the foundation. Presently, they're bottling KOVAL product and donating a portion of their profits to assist homeless veterans and those suffering with post-traumatic stress. RTLW!

Color: Translucent tangerine. 

Nose: The nose is surprisingly fruity; almost tropical. Orange and guava jump out of the glass. Vanilla frosting sweetness, coconut, and lemon zest round out a gentle but inviting aroma.

Tasting Notes: Classic rye spice and white pepper stand out on what is a simple, albeit pleasant experience. The finish is short and dry and leaves a lingering sweet tobacco behind. 

Overall: A nice rye, but 84 proof doesn't represent what Rangers are all about. I enjoyed this whiskey, but want to see the 'Ranger Strength' version at some point!  

Peer Review: Breaking Bourbon

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