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Maddog918
03-23-2009, 13:03
Can anyone tell me about Rye whiskey? I've never tasted a straight rye. Is it smooth, rough or what?

What is a good Rye for a novice?

Brian

funknik
03-23-2009, 13:17
For a novice, Jim Beam Rye or Old Overholt. Sazerac rye (in the cowboy bottle) is very good, but a little more complex....the Beam is cheap and very sippable at 80 proof.

If you want to jump right into the good hard stuff, try Wild Turkey Rye 101 or the Sazerac.

sku
03-23-2009, 13:34
For me, the key to rye is spice, that spicy taste that is imparted by rye grains. It can be sharp and spice-cabinet like or subtle with just a whisp of spicyness.

As a starter, I'd suggest Wild Turkey 101 Rye, Sazerac Rye or the more subtle Rittenhouse 100, all of which are pretty affordable.

I'm not a fan of Beam ryes, which I think are overly sweet, though I haven't had the basic Beam yellow label rye.

mozilla
03-23-2009, 18:41
If you're a novice...80 proof is the way to go. It won't blow your ears off and burn your pallet. When 80 proofers start to become soft...move up the ladder.

I would suggest some heavy ryed bourbons to work your way that direction. Such as: Old Forester and Wild Turkey.

For ryes: Wild Turkey makes a robust drink with their rye. The RR rye is a little more sophisticated with a little less proof.
Sazerac is very unique..it has a lot of cinnimon.
Overholt and Beam are not on the top of my list but are not bad places for the unannitiated to begin.
Don't waste your money on anything over $25 until you try these first.
Cheers!

Maddog918
03-23-2009, 20:15
Thanks guys,
That gives me something to work with.

mgilbertva
03-27-2009, 15:05
Not to be disagreeable, but I've seen too many bad reviews of Jim Beam rye to be comfortable recommending it. The Old Overholt, even though it's also made by Beam if I'm not mistaken, seems to be better received. My impression is it's a soft, unchallenging rye with nice floral notes. Moderately sweet and pleasant.

However, I have to say that the Rittenhouse Rye BIB is by far the best low cost Rye out there. Rich, nice body and spice, it's easily worth 25% or even 50% more than the price they charge. I've seen it for around $18-$21, although it is difficult to find. Worth looking for, however. I know you said you're a novice, and the BIB is 100 proof, but I wouldn't let that stop you.

SBOmarc
03-27-2009, 15:15
Agree with the Rittenhouse choice. It's a Gem, a score, a find.

Neat, or on one cube.

mozilla
03-28-2009, 06:36
There is also an 80 proof Rittenhouse...if the 100 might be too powerful.

And Mark is correct...the Beam ryes leave alot to be desired in the flavor catagory.

Slob
03-28-2009, 10:34
Skip the Beam. Go with the Rittenhouse BIB.

squire
03-29-2009, 11:35
Brian, the Rittenhouse BIB is my first choice both to start with and stay with. If you find the 100 proof too strong just add water or mixer.

Maddog918
04-23-2009, 21:48
Brian, the Rittenhouse BIB is my first choice both to start with and stay with. If you find the 100 proof too strong just add water or mixer.
Squire,

I got a bottle of Ritt BIB and I love it. Good call!!! Thanks for the advice.

Brian

fishnbowljoe
04-29-2009, 22:48
I arrived late to the party when it comes to rye. As I've stated many times before, I'm not much of a rye guy. I've had Templeton and Ritt BIB, plus one or two others, and didn't much care for them. I've become a bit more open minded as my tastes have changed. I seem to have jumped to the opposite end of the spectrum lately. I tried the 2008 BTAC Handy, and liked it so much I bought a bottle. Great whiskey. The 2008 Saz that I tasted was very good too. Just last week, I bought some 23 year old Ritt rye. To me it is almost as good as the Handy. Not quite, but still a very good whiskey. Just my two cents for what it's worth. Joe

Attila
04-30-2009, 01:52
Gosh, I need to get me some WT Rye, as Templeton and Rittenhouse are not availabe around these parts.

I've only had:
Old Rip Van Winkle Old Time Rye 12 year (awesome)
Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13 year (awesome)
Very Old Saint Nick Winter Rye (excellent)
Sazerac 18 year 45% (okay)
Old Overholt (okay)
JB Rye (not okay)

Maddog918
05-01-2009, 16:47
I arrived late to the party when it comes to rye. As I've stated many times before, I'm not much of a rye guy. I've had Templeton and Ritt BIB, plus one or two others, and didn't much care for them. I've become a bit more open minded as my tastes have changed. I seem to have jumped to the opposite end of the spectrum lately. I tried the 2008 BTAC Handy, and liked it so much I bought a bottle. Great whiskey. The 2008 Saz that I tasted was very good too. Just last week, I bought some 23 year old Ritt rye. To me it is almost as good as the Handy. Not quite, but still a very good whiskey. Just my two cents for what it's worth. Joe
I'll have to Try the Handy. I really like the Ritt BIB. That bottle is gone so I'll be looking for the Handy that you speak of, Joe.

Thanks again,
Brian

sailor22
05-01-2009, 18:14
I want to put in a plug for the latest release of Old Potrero Rye. It's hard to find but easy to get on the net. It's different than other Ryes in that it is made with 100% Rye - I think its very tasty, give it a try if you run across it - or order it.

I'm talking about the Straight Rye Single Malt - They also make an 18th century Rye that I haven't tried yet.

silverfish
05-02-2009, 15:12
I don't have much Rye on hand but the ones I
do taste every now & again are the Templeton
Small Batch (80 proof) and Tuthilltown's Hudson
Manhattan Rye (92 proof). I did pick up a bottle
of the Jim Bean (ri)1 (92 proof) to try and while
it's tasty enough, I do prefer the other two.