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    A new Rye from Beam?

    John Hansell (Malt Advocate) indicates that Beam may release a new rye this fall (2008).

    http://blog.maltadvocate.com/2008/08...g-new-rye-ri1/

    The name: ri(1) . Seriously. How does one pronounce this? Rye-One?

    I know Beam Rye has some fans on this site. I'm not one of them. Does anyone have faith that this spirit will be significantly different than the other two Beam Rye products (BR and OO), which taste strangely identical?

    Are we looking at Rye Whiskey Atonement or the latest batch of Beam Marketing?
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    Re: A new Rye from Beam?

    Well, as a rye fiend, I look forward to trying this. While Beam may take a lot of flack, I don't doubt their ability to make quality products. I just hope that this one is every bit as exciting inside the bottle as outside.

    It has been a long time since Beam came out with any new products that would excite the American whiskey market...seriously, what was the last new release from them? Distiller's Masterpiece?
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    Re: A new Rye from Beam?

    Quote Originally Posted by barturtle View Post
    Well, as a rye fiend, I look forward to trying this. While Beam may take a lot of flack, I don't doubt their ability to make quality products. I just hope that this one is every bit as exciting inside the bottle as outside.

    It has been a long time since Beam came out with any new products that would excite the American whiskey market...seriously, what was the last new release from them? Distiller's Masterpiece?
    I agree that they can out out great whiskey. I love Bookers. I wonder if it's like they are so big it's hard to concentrate on the smaller upscale market. Maybe they should put together an off shoot group within Beam that has the resources to focus on this area. It almost like they are soo big that it's hard for them to do the specialty stuff operationally. Maybe others here have a better understanding of how Beam operates that can shed some light. I'd love to have more offerings from them.

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    Re: A new Rye from Beam?

    Good to see this and long overdue IMO, I hope it's interesting.

    By the way, has anyone heard of a new wheat whisky from Heaven Hill, a 51%+ wheat mash which apparently is sold in a tubular bottle? I saw this on the list of a store in Europe not long ago online but can't find the link.

    The bottle looked modernistic. Not sure if I have all of the details right.

    Gary

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    Re: A new Rye from Beam?

    I was told about a year ago by someone who worked for Beam that they were planning a "high-end version of Old Overholt." I was specifically told that it would be an attempt to compete with Sazerac rye (Jr., not 18). I'd given up hope that it was actually going to happen. This is great news.

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    Re: A new Rye from Beam?

    I did find that link and on re-reading it's clear it is Bernheim Wheat 90 proof, the one we are familiar with (not a new product then).

    Incidentally Bernheim Wheat is an excellent product and recent bottlings are IMO better and more flavorful than the first release. Possibly it's the same distillation but with more age on it.

    Gary

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    Re: A new Rye from Beam?

    Completely as an aside: I tend to hoard my rye bottlings a bit more than the hard-to-find bourbons. For example, I might open a '50s VOF at the next gathering of SB.com'ers following obtaining it, but I'm hard-pressed to EVER open a VWFRR, or Ritt 21 (of which I still have a pair each). My ORVW Old Time Rye has been 40% full forever -- not because I don't like it, but because I DO, and it's the last one I have -- and I sniff it occasionally to note any change that may have occurred (and, now that I'm thinking about it, will transfer it to a smaller bottle as soon as I submit this post!). (Mission accomplished.)
    In other words, I love straight rye, but it's not that easy to obtain. Alas, the JB rye doesn't interest me that much, except as mixer, for which it is quite acceptable, as is Old Overholt. So, what to do about his one?..
    Last edited by TNbourbon; 08-10-2008 at 19:36.

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    Re: A new Rye from Beam?

    This sounds very exciting I only pray it is released on a global scale and not kept to a single market. Australia is long overdue for a 2nd nationally available American Rye (Beam Yellow Label is our only one)

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    Re: A new Rye from Beam?

    I always applaud the effort of any distillery to introduce new products, although I may not always applaud their finished product. That said, the only thing I ask from Beam is a RYE. A REAL RYE. A hit me in the nose and make my eyes water RYE! I don't want a rye that is easy to drink. Got enough of them. I don't want a rye that I can hardly distinguish from most bourbons. Got enough of them, too. I want distinction. I want rye flavor. Rye should sizzle. I want something I can say "WOW! to. Give me that, Beam, and you will have a fan, and my money. Now, just my opinion...but RRR failed. I hope you can do better...I really WANT you to do better.

    JOE

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    Re: A new Rye from Beam?

    What proof is this new rye supposed to be? I heard a rumor a while back it was going to be 100 proof!

    Thomas

 

 

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