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The Seed Vault Series is Far North’s collection of estate grown rye varietals, evolving from the distillery’s three-year rye study. 

This provenance-driven, single estate rye whiskey is grown, harvested, and distilled entirely in Northern Minnesota by fourth generation farmer and head distiller Michael Swanson. 

All varieties were milled, fermented and distilled using precisely the same methods, and all whiskies were aged in 15-gallon new, charred oak barrels from The Barrel Mill in Avon, MN.

Roknar 100% Seed Vault is aged just under two years.

Limited availability, 375ML BOTTLES, in the following locations:


Varietals available: Dylan, Oklon, Wheeler. 

Baltimore: Amendment 21



Varietal available: Prima.



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Varietals available: Dylan, Oklon, Prima. 

Brooklyn: Bedford Wine and Spirits, Bed-Vyne Wine, Brooklyn Wine Exchange, Court Square Wine & Spirits, De Wine Spot, Duke’s Liquor Box, and Free Range Wine & Spirits. West Village: La Vid Wine & Spirits. Downtown in the Oculus: Pure Liquid Wine & Spirits. Astoria: Wine Stop



The Seed Vault Series advances the hypothesis first set out by the study: the grain matters. There is a distinct and proven bond between grain and flavor.

The aged rye whiskey varietals released in October 2019 are the first eight of what will be a total of 15 rye varietals that Far North is exploring in its study. The second group of varietals will be released in October 2020.

Far North’s rye study will be published in December 2019, and made available to Minnesota farmers through the University of Minnesota Extension and shared with micro-distillers nation-wide via the American Distilling Institute (ADI).



    • Aroostook – This seed variety was released in 1981 by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The whiskey offers warm pecan and toffee on the nose with a light, clean finish.

    • Brasetto – This European variety of rye was developed by KWS (Klein Wanzlebener Saatzucht) and released in 2013. The whiskey nicely balances spice with caramel and offers a lingering finish with hints of cinnamon.

    • Dylan – Seed variety developed by North Dakota State University and released in 2016. Whiskey offers notes of molasses on the nose with a lingering finish of brown sugar and clove.

    • Hazlet – Canadian seed variety released in 1986. Far North’s signature rye varietal, used in all of our whiskies. Vanilla, caramel, and toffee on the nose with hints of warm spice. A smooth, lingering finish of spice, brown sugar and caramel.

    • Oklon – 1993 release from Oklohoma State University. Heather and floral nose with a slight peaty minerality. Warm spice finish.

    • Prima – Canadian seed variety released in 1984. Whiskey offers a complex toffee nose with hints of floral. Light caramel and cinnamon spice finish.

    • Spooner – The University of Wisconsin released this variety in 1992. The whiskey has an intense butterscotch, leather and almond nose with hints of apricot and a long, smooth buttercream finish.

    • Wheeler – Seed variety released in 1972 from Michigan State University. Produces a whiskey with a slightly grassy nose and a long pepper and clove finish.

About Far North’s Rye Study: Far North Spirits received from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in February 2015 a crop research grant to complete a first-of-its-kind multi-year study to evaluate varieties of winter rye grown in Minnesota for agronomic performance in the field and flavor/sensory performance in the distilling industry.

Through field trials conducted on Swanson Farm and sensory analyses conducted with industry participants in blind tastings throughout the U.S., this project will result in a research report that will be valuable to Minnesota farmers, distillers, seed dealers, brewers and maltsters.