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Chris24
02-14-2012, 03:25
I bought this on a whim, because I cannot for the life of me find any more decently aged rye (where can I get more Vintage 21 year or Michter's 10!?)

This was pricey ($200), but man I like it! And everywhere I look the price is going up.

Kind of want to spend a few months budget in advanced to buy a few more, but maybe someone else will say "Wait Chris, the X year rye from Blahblahblah distillery is coming out, get that instead!"

Or maybe someone will agree with me that it's a pretty decent rye, even if a little overpriced.

roostercogburn
02-14-2012, 07:14
I wouldn't say $200 is considerably overpriced for what it is: one of the oldest ryes on the market (along with Rittenhouse 25 and Michter's 25). I bought the Hirsch 22 (delicious, chewy rye!) a little over a year ago, and IIRC it was about $125. The Ritt 25 ran me upwards of $170. Regardless, if you're anything like me, paying a premium for aged ryes is not really a question at all.

As for the other aged ryes in the category, Ritt 25 is delicious, though I can't compare it to the Hirsch 25, as I've never had the pleasure. It's an improvement on the already excellent Rittenhouse 21 (which I still see quite a bit of), with an oak-forward finish that I find quite nice in old ryes. Good buy!

White Dog
02-14-2012, 08:08
I love the Hirsch 25, and as it was bottled by KDB, we could probably guess that it's related to Vintage 21. (And Michter's 10 for that matter.)

And looking at the price of 25yr Scotch, I don't think $200 is too high at all. Hell, I'd take that over Pappy 23 any day of the year.

cowdery
02-15-2012, 14:20
The Hirsch and Vintage are the same as Van Winkle, except they are barrels that Julian let go because he thought they were over-aged, though now that he's tasted them in their older iterations, he admits he was wrong. I didn't get that from Julian but from the folks at Preiss (i.e., Hirsch).