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trumpstylz
12-31-2011, 16:42
Has anyone tried these (particularly anyone who has tried more than one)? How do they stack up against the sazerac 18?

MacinJosh
12-31-2011, 19:39
If I recall correctly....I'd pass on the Rittenhouse 25. I can dig up my tasting notes if you'd like more details.


Josh

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Virus_Of_Life
12-31-2011, 19:46
The 23 year is fantastic, of they are single barrels so depending on the barrel YMMV. I have not tasted the 25 year yet. The 21s I tasted were also very good.

IMHO the 23 is very under rated and doesn't get enough credit.

awachatz
03-17-2012, 17:53
I have seen both the 23 year and 25 year recently. They are very scarce here in Michigan. I am debating on whether to bite the bullet and just try one. The price point has me a little reluctant to pull the trigger. Are either better than the Ritt BIB?

Tico
03-17-2012, 19:55
I'd be curious to hear impressions on all three as I have a bottle of 23 year and have access to the 21 and 25 locally for fair prices

awachatz
03-17-2012, 20:19
I'd be curious to hear impressions on all three as I have a bottle of 23 year and have access to the 21 and 25 locally for fair prices

I'd be curious to hear what your think are "fair prices"?

Tico
03-17-2012, 20:26
I'd be curious to hear what your think are "fair prices"?

Paid $119 for the 23 and have access to the 21 for $110 ish and the 25 for around $130.

BFerguson
03-18-2012, 05:26
Paid $119 for the 23 and have access to the 21 for $110 ish and the 25 for around $130.

Those are are very fair prices, I'd snag them in a heartbeat if I saw those.

They are all very good, but may favorite of the three is the 23.

B

StraightNoChaser
03-18-2012, 10:21
I had the 21 at a bar for $20 a pour.. didn't strike me as amazing as I expected

Had the 23 at a tasting and it was fantastic!

Enoch
03-18-2012, 11:15
Paid $119 for the 23 and have access to the 21 for $110 ish and the 25 for around $130.

Very good prices. The 25 year runs $200 around here.

jkater1
03-18-2012, 13:06
Paid $119 for the 23 and have access to the 21 for $110 ish and the 25 for around $130.

Those are great prices, I'd buy for that, they are about $50 higher in my part.

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Jwilly019
03-18-2012, 19:16
Those are great prices, I'd buy for that, they are about $50 higher in my part.

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More like $70 from what I've seen, kept me from pulling the trigger...so far.

Restaurant man
03-18-2012, 20:30
I've got a bottle of the 21 year. To me it proves that older is not always better. Not the holy grail of rye I would expect for that price. A very tasty and interesting whskey but I could find 2 bottles of something I like for the price

Josh
03-18-2012, 20:34
Two things:
A. Had the 21 y/o a while back, good, but not $200+ good imo
B. Shouldn't this be in the rye forum?

p_elliott
03-19-2012, 08:28
I have a couple of bottles of the 23 I like the stuff.

awachatz
03-19-2012, 15:12
Ok, what you you go for then: 2 bottles of VWFRR or 1 Ritt 23yr?

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Tico
03-19-2012, 15:40
Ok, what you you go for then: 2 bottles of VWFRR or 1 Ritt 23yr?

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I'd go two VWFRR all day long over 1 ritt 23, only problem is that the VWFRR is near impossible to get.

c2walker
03-19-2012, 16:30
I'd go two VWFRR all day long over 1 ritt 23, only problem is that the VWFRR is near impossible to get.

I'd assume that the majority on SB would do the same. My purchases tend to be governed by availability. Even if I felt that Ritt 23 was slightly better (which I don't), I'd still grab the VWFRR because it's amazing and near impossible to find, whereas there are quite a few bottles of the Ritt 21+ floating around.

Josh
03-19-2012, 16:38
Ok, what you you go for then: 2 bottles of VWFRR or 1 Ritt 23yr?

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I'd assume that the majority on SB would do the same. My purchases tend to be governed by availability. Even if I felt that Ritt 23 was slightly better (which I don't), I'd still grab the VWFRR because it's amazing and near impossible to find, whereas there are quite a few bottles of the Ritt 21+ floating around.

Word.

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Edit: Woops, meant to quote you too Tico!

Special Reserve
03-19-2012, 16:49
Ok, what you you go for then: 2 bottles of VWFRR or 1 Ritt 23yr?

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Oh! that's a good question to ponder. I've never had the Ritt 23 but I have had VWFRR and it is superb.

timd
03-19-2012, 16:51
Ok, what you you go for then: 2 bottles of VWFRR or 1 Ritt 23yr?

I have, and will continue, to do just that. Based on the pricing I've seen, it's actually more like 3 VWFRR to a Ritt 23... Two Vintage 21s, or 2-3 Saz 18's would be a far better haul than a Single older Ritt.

I like the Older Ritts - they are good whiskey, but they don't justify their prices IMHO. I'm not saying the are bad - or even "weak" by any stretch, but the other older ryes do more for me than all the older Ritts, even were price not that big of an issue.

As noted, YMMV.

Ejmharris
03-19-2012, 18:24
I passed up a place last week with 5 or 6 Ritt 23's. Keep passing up this stuff. I may regret it one of these days but just doesn't strike a chord with me.

Neat
03-19-2012, 19:46
I have, and will continue, to do just that. Based on the pricing I've seen, it's actually more like 3 VWFRR to a Ritt 23... Two Vintage 21s, or 2-3 Saz 18's would be a far better haul than a Single older Ritt.

I like the Older Ritts - they are good whiskey, but they don't justify their prices IMHO. I'm not saying the are bad - or even "weak" by any stretch, but the other older ryes do more for me than all the older Ritts, even were price not that big of an issue.

As noted, YMMV.


as someone noted above, availability is the problem. it was easier to get the ritt 21 or 23 than it is/was to get the vwfrr, vintage 21 or saz18.

Restaurant man
03-19-2012, 20:29
Ok, what you you go for then: 2 bottles of VWFRR or 1 Ritt 23yr?

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Actually I'd go for a mont blanc pen and a $50 bill. All I need is a nice watch and my bourbon pic will be set to go :slappin:

spinningrecords
03-19-2012, 20:32
Shouldn't this be in the rye forum?

It would be terrific to have a rye forum.

Tucker
03-20-2012, 07:07
It would be terrific to have a rye forum.

Yes, it would. I think it's "finally popular enough to have its own forum".

Josh
03-20-2012, 07:51
Yes, it would. I think it's "finally popular enough to have its own forum".

Thanks for using its instead of it's. :lol:

Neat
03-20-2012, 08:50
Yes, it would. I think it's "finally popular enough to have its own forum".
:slappin: :slappin: :slappin: :slappin: :slappin:

spy247
03-20-2012, 22:22
Has anyone tried these (particularly anyone who has tried more than one)? How do they stack up against the sazerac 18?

From my personal tastings I can say that the Saz 18 is best of the four. It is a simply well balanced beautiful whiskey.

The Rits offer a differing range of profiles. Of the three the 25 Year old is my favourite. Less spice delivery but more complex in the overall flavour. The 23 Year is a spice bomb with intense delivery right up front. Depending on my mood I will reach for the 21 Year as the rye spice is not as big allowing the wood to have a larger say.

All four are great whiskeys.

spinningrecords
04-28-2012, 23:01
If I recall correctly....I'd pass on the Rittenhouse 25.

They are single barrels so there will be variation.

Do you recall the barrel number that you thought was sub-par?