I like Saz 18 and VWFFR very much (thanks to this here forum I've even heard of them!) and have been toying with the idea of buying JB Rye. I MAY have had some waaayyy back but I suspect that coloured label (that makes me feel sick) has put me off!
Is it decent stuff enough stuff or one to avoid at all costs? I don't mind Rittenhouse or WT Rye but would not class them anywhere close to the aforementioned jems.
It is good but not in the same league as Saz 18 or VWFFR. I think I prefer WT Rye to it as well.
Rittenhouse, Saz Jr., and WT are good picks for cheaper rye. Fleichmann's is very amusing and different also if you can get it.
I found JB rye to have a wonderful nose, but tastes like water. No flavor or body whatsoever. Sorry to be cruel, just my opinion. Get the Rittenhouse or spend another $5 for a Saz Jr.
Dittos. When I tried JB rye about four years ago, I ended up drinking the last half of the bottle mixed with ginger beer.
I would add that I like the Rittenhouse BIB better than the Wild Turkey. The Rit has a fresher, livelier taste.
The main thing in Wild Turkey's favor is its availability in Prescott, AZ. In contrast the proprietor of Liquor Coop couldn't even find Rittenhouse in his distributor's list. I have a bottle only through the good graces of an out-of-state friend.
I think I'll give it a miss to be honest - I always hated that label anyway!
It's my least favorite rye. That said, it was also perhaps the cheapest, and I'm glad to have found out, given how few ryes I can get my hands on.
After all, they sell plenty of it, so some people must like it a lot.
I have some Jim Beam rye and while it is not the best, I wouldn't dump it out either. I have found Canada Dry ginger ale to be my favorite mixer for both rye and bourbon. I also tried Seagrams ginger ale and it isn't as good and also tried Schwepps ginger ale and wouldn't use it again if I live to be 110. Its Canada Dry or nothing for my mixed drinks!
I often enjoy a JB Rye - it's light and easy to drink....
Oh, and it's the only Rye sold en' mass in Australia :smiley_acbt:
The only reason I've tried other Rye's is also because I learn't of them here and sought them out when overseas.
I have an open bottle, and I don't mind it at all. I prefer the WT rye, but havent seen it here for about 5 or 6 years. I like the higher proof of the WT rye, cant wait to try my Thomas Handy :cool:
I also love Canadian Club Classic 12 year, do canadians have a high rye content??
Re: JB Rye?
I agree that the Beam Rye has a great nose, and it's downhill from there.
Originally Posted by MikeK
I much prefer Old Overholt. While it's not as complex as the 6 yr Saz, it still has great flavor and a wonderfully long finish, and it's only $11.30 a bottle here.