Maryland Rye Whiskey Has Finally Returned. But What Was it in the First Place?

H.L. Mencken, the Jazz Age scribe who loved Baltimore and booze in equal measure, spared no opportunity to praise his state’s famous rye whiskey.

It was, he said, “the most healthful appetizer yet discovered by man.” The Mencken family doctor, he added, apparently approved: “He believed and taught that a shot of Maryland whiskey was the best preventive of pneumonia in the R months.” READ MORE