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  1. #1
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    Rittenhouse Rye Thoughts/Questions

    So last night I opened up my first bottle of the BIB and have been highly impressed. This led to me digging for some more info, and what I can gather is:
    • The BIB and the 80 proof was made at DSP31 up to the fire
    • After the fire the BIB was (is?) made at DSP354 aka Brown-Forman aka Shively
    • The BIB is a 6 year
    • The 80 proof is a 4 year
    This unfortunately leads to some unanswered questions if anyone knows:
    • I'm guessing the 80 proof is made at DSP354 as well? What about the Pikesville, the same?
    • Why does HH make this rye at DSP354? Why not at their home distillery? Chuck mentions here that they are at capacity at Bernheim, and that may be true. But come on, they can't be making that much rye. Why not do at home? Maybe they have already switched? I just picked up a bottle that has bottom date of 07, so it looks like they were making it at DSP354 at least up to 2001.
    • Has anyone compared the true DSP31 BIB to the DSP354 BIB? (The reason I say true DSP31 is because it some of the early DSP354 actually had a DSP31 label.) If so, let us know what you think!

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    Re: Rittenhouse Rye Thoughts/Questions

    I don't know about all that but I do know I really like Rittenhouse Rye. I haven't really noticed a switch from 354 to 351.
    "Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough". Mark Twain

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    Re: Rittenhouse Rye Thoughts/Questions

    The Rittenhouse BIB is the greatest whiskey bargain in my store. It is absolutely indispensible. Ideal for Sazeracs and Manhattans, and just plain lovely by itself.

    Every bar should keep at least 1 bottle around at all times.

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    Re: Rittenhouse Rye Thoughts/Questions

    It is fantastic stuff....let us all bury this thread so it does not become too popular....and expensive!

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    Re: Rittenhouse Rye Thoughts/Questions

    All of the Rittenhouse and every other Heaven Hill rye comes from one day of production annually. Let's see if we can get them up to two!!!

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    Re: Rittenhouse Rye Thoughts/Questions

    I vote for two.

    Squire

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    Re: Rittenhouse Rye Thoughts/Questions

    The Rittenhouse rye, 80 proof and BIB, has disappeared from the shelves of two Liquor Barns in Louisville. I haven't checked the third, but I assume it's the same. There's no empty shelf spot for them.

    I checked the rye shelf, the Heaven Hill shelves, and the BIB shelves. Nothing.

    I don't know if it's hard to get, or if they've decided not to carry it, or what.

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    Re: Rittenhouse Rye Thoughts/Questions

    Here's another question. How in the world is this whiskey so dark considering it is only a 6 year?!?!

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    Re: Rittenhouse Rye Thoughts/Questions

    For some reason, Liquor Barn doesn't seem to carry Rittenhouse, but it is available in Kentucky. I know Party Source, up by Cincinnati, has it.

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    Smile Re: Rittenhouse Rye Thoughts/Questions

    I found Rittenhouse BIB 100 in Binny's for $11.99...what a steal! I bought one for a Christmas present and another for me.

    The 80 (86?) proof was $9.99.

 

 

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